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Student Success Workshops

Below is a tentative list of the Information Workshop at Welcome Days from 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated) on Friday, August 22nd.


10 Things Students Should Know Before Starting College

Location: BH 225
Description: Attending college is an exciting time of new friendships, growth and learning. Make the most of your time here with these tips for studying, healthy living and managing both your time and stress.
Presenter: Aimee Williams (Lead Health Educator, Student Health Services)


420 at SF State

Location: HUM 126
Description: Everything you need to know about marijuana at SF State including legal issues, changes in California law, medical marijuana, living in residence halls and more.
Presenters: Michael Ritter (Program Director, Preventative Education Programs (PEP)) & Patrick McFall (Judicial Coordinator, Residential Life)


AB 540 and Undocumented Student Success at SF State

Location: HUM 202
Description: Students and families are invited to learn about various on-campus resources and support networks available to help AB540/undocumented students succeed at SF State! Come meet faculty and staff members on the SF State AB540/Undocumented Students Educational Equity Task Force and student members of the Improving, Dreams, Equity, Access and Success (I.D.E.A.S.) student organization.
Presenters:Rose Carmona (AB 540 Advisor & Task Force Member) / Nancy Jodaitis (AB 540 Advisor & Task Force Member) / Ana Morales (President, I.D.E.A.S.)


Asian American Studies, GE and You

Time: 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Location: HSS 130
Description: Come meet faculty and hear about our curriculum. Find out how you can complete your GE and also major in Asian American Studies. Asian American Studies trains students in self-determination, history and development, theory and social justice for diverse Asian American communities while building a supportive learning cohort. 
Presenters: Grace Yoo (Professor, Asian American Studies)


Are You Ready to (i)Learn?

Location: HUM 108
Description: Discover how iLearn, an online academic tool, serves as an important resource for students.
Presenters: Cristian Alvarado (Information Technology Consultant, Academic Technology HelpDesk)


Art - It's Not Just an Easy A

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: HUM 109
Description: An introduction to the complete Art program for entering freshmen including graduation expectations, opportunities, scholarships, exhibitions and events.
Presenters: Gail Dawson (Chair & Associate Professor, Art)


Ask about your Student Government

Location: HUM 121
Description: Associated Students Incorporated, (ASI) is your student government. Learn how to get involved with the ASI Board, committees and programs; and explore internship opportunities.
Presenters: Board of Directors (Associated Students, Inc.)


Avoid the Freshman 15

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm AND 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Location: HUM 386
Description: An interactive clinic will present new students and parents with available resources to stay healthy and active at SF State.
Presenter: John Penacerrada (Program Director, Village Fitness Center)


Business Students Travel the World

Location: BH 236
Description: Business students have more study abroad options than any other major. Find out more about this great opportunity to gain a global perspective of the world of business.
Presenters: David Wick (Assistant Director, Office of International Programs)


Campus Recreation Department: Something for Everyone

Location: HUM 383
Description: Discover the variety of recreation and wellness activities available on campus, including Intramurals, Sports Clubs and Group Fitness/Wellness classes.
Presenters:Pamela Su (Director, Campus Recreation) / Ryan Fetzer (Assistant Director, Campus Recreation) / Tina Marie Rossi (Fitness & Wellness Coordinator, Campus Recreation)


Ethics in Medicine

Time: Cancelled

Description: New Challenges for Families and Health Care Professionals previews a popular general education course meant for people interested in health care. Cases of cutting edge medical technology will be discussed, enriched by participants' own experiences.
Presenters: Anita Silvers (Professor, Philosophy)


Find out How to make Friends, Make Money & Make a Difference through Community Service Learning

Location: BH 1
Description: Discover how you can earn units, win awards and internships, build leadership skills, gain valuable professional experience, and make a difference through course-related community service.
Presenters: Jose R. Lopez (Administrative Analyst/Specialist, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE))


Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets & Habitability

Time: 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Location: BH 237
Description: Over the past few decades, hundreds of new planetary systems have been discovered, many of which show remarkable diversity compared with our own Solar System. Professor Kane will describe extra-solar planets and their discovery, planetary habitability, and the unique role S.F. State University has played in this exciting scientific arena.
Presenters: Stephen Kane (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy)


Finding Community for LGBTQ Students

Location: HUM 285
Description: Find out how to meet other students and begin developing community on campus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students and their allies.
Presenter: David Rourke (Operations Planning Specialist, University Property Management)


Fun in the City

Location: HUM 277
Description: If you are new to the San Francisco Bay Area and have an interest in arts, culture, and other fun activities this workshop is a must. You will become familiar with a variety of activities you can access as well as how to stay safe while having fun.
Presenter: Karla Castillo (Assistant Program Director, CEASE, Prevention Education Programs)


Gator Athletics & You

Location: HUM 127
Description: New Gators, learn about our campus teams and where all of our athletic events take place.
Presenters: Jamil Sheared (Student Services Professional and Spirit Coordinator, Athletics) & Larry Birello (Program Coordinator, SICC (Student Involvement & Career Center))


Get Connected with Associated Students Project Connect

Location: HUM 131
Description: Create a supportive academic network while you work toward your SF State graduation through Associated Students programs. Learn about free services and upcoming events, internship programs, our free Book Loan Service, and ASI Scholarships.
Presenter: Mario Flores (Director, Project Connect, Associated Students)


Get into the Creative State of Mind

Location: Little Theatre (CA 107)
Description: Get involved in the arts both on and off campus. Learn about free campus events, the three Art Galleries and find out about arts-related student organizations. The arts are for all.
Presenters: Todd Roehrman (Associate Dean, College of Liberal & Creative Arts)


Get SLABBED - Getting Involved with the Student Life Activities Board (SLAB)

Location: HUM 118
Description: Want to get involved? Enjoy planning events? Looking to learn and practice the leadership skills that employers are looking for? Then the Student Life Activities Board (SLAB) is the place for you. Come learn about what SLAB is in this Q&A session with the chairs of the Student Life Activities Board.
Presenters: Arnold Paguio (Student Organization Coordinator, SICC (Student Involvement & Career Center))


Go Greek

Location: HUM 122
Description: A panel of Greek life students representing SF State's diversity of fraternities and sororities will provide information on the benefits of going Greek.
Presenter: Monolito Twyman (Greek Advisor, SICC (Student Involvement & Career Center))


History, An Introduction

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: SCI 270
Description: Learn about the department, the major, minor, and extracurricular activities.
Presenters: Philip Dreyfus (Chair, History)


Housing and Financial Aid Disbursements, "How does it Work?"

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: HUM 217
Description: Discussion will include the Financial Aid Payment Plan, Financial Aid Disbursements and the federal Direct Loan process for student and/or parent PLUS loan programs.
Presenters: Karen Neal (Resident Financial Services Coordinator, University Property Management), & Terry Ramirez (Assistant Director, Student Financial Aid)


How to Find a Part-Time Job

Location: HUM 207
Description: Get assistance in finding part-time employment on and off campus along with other career and professional development strategies.
Presenters: Student Involvement & Career Center Staff


Introduction to Political Philosophy

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: HUM 111
Description: An introduction to basic ideas in political philosophy, beginning with Socrates and ending with the fundamentals of the political theory that informs the U.S. Constitution.
Presenters: Martin Carcieri (Associate Professor, Political Science)


Kinesiology Department

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: BH 210
Description: Learn about the Kinesiology department.
Presenters: Matt Lee (Associate Chair, Kinesiology )


Leisure and Education: A Paradox

Location: BH 28
Description: Balancing work and school is difficult enough, but what about leisure? This session will explore the concept of leisure, its connection to higher education and its benefits to your personal life.
Presenters: Erik Rosegard (Associate Professor, Recreation, Parks & Tourism)


Major in English

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: HUM 114
Description: Interested in novels, poetry, Shakespeare; or in global literature in English; or in linguistics? Learn about the English major, meet faculty and get advice about your classes.
Presenters: Sugie Goen-Salter (Chair & Professor, English Language & Literature)


Making the Most of College: Tools for Success

Location: HUM 281
Description: Discover ways to do well in your classes (including study and test-taking tips that really work), to handle stress, make the most of your time and to fully enjoy all that the campus has to offer.
Presenters: Dina Redman (Program Director, Student Success Program and Associate Professor, School of Social Work)


Mathematics and Careers

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: TH 935
Description: Find out how degree programs in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics can serve as stepping stones for a research oriented vocation, a teaching career or other jobs.
Presenters: David Bao (Chair & Professor, Mathematics)


Music Ensemble Information Table

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: HUM 283
Description: The School of Music at SF State offers a variety of Ensembles, all of which are open to the general student body, staff and community members.
Presenters: Cyrus Ginwala (Orchestra Conductor, School of Music and Dance)


Parent and Family Programs Drop-In Social

Location: J. Paul Leonard Library (Lobby)
Description: Discover all of the various involvement opportunities there are for parents and family members with the SF State Parent and Family Programs, and learn about the many services offered by J. Paul Leonard Library.
Presenter: Parents & Family Program


PARENTS ONLY: When your Child Comes to Campus with Psychological Medications

Location: HUM 384
Description: This presentation will inform parents the process of connecting their children with a Psychiatrist in the Bay Area and advice as your child comes to campus.
Presenter: Derethia DuVal (Director, Counseling & Psychological Services) / Roger Flanigan, M.D. (Physician, Student Health Services)


Preparation for Law School

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Location: HUM 111
Description: An overview of the different courses and subjects students will want to take for law school.
Presenter: Martin Carcieri (Associate Professor, Political Science)


Study Abroad 101: How to Make It Happen!

Location: BH 226
Description: Learn how Study Abroad can earn SF State units for regular tuition including your financial aid.
Presenter: David Wick (Assistant Director, Office of International Programs), and Janelle Waldrep (Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Programs)


Two Degrees for the Price of one, Meeting GE in the College of Ethnic Studies

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: HUM 129
Description: Learn about majors and minors in the College of Ethnic Studies and how to fulfill your General Education with courses that are relevant to YOUR community.
Presenters: College of Ethnic Studies Faculty


Using Expressive Arts for Social Justice in Working with Men

Location: HUM 301
Description: Expressive Arts as a healing instrument in working with young men about themselves and understanding their relationship to the world.
Presenter: Ismael de Guzman (Prevention Education Specialist, The SAFE Place/Men Can Stop Violence)


Yes…is a SEXY Word

Location: HUM 286
Description: Yes… is a SEXY word! Becoming intimate with another person can sometimes be awkward at first…come to this workshop to explore ways to talk about what you like and don’t like, talk about your boundaries and feel good about giving consent in a healthy way.
Presenter: Laurene Dominguez (Coordinator, The SAFE Place, Prevention Education Programs )


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