Welcome Days 2014 Schedule
This is a tentative schedule of events for Welcome Days 2014.
Parents Program Dinner information (Friday, August 22)
Thursday, August 21st
10 a.m. | University Housing
Welcome Home Resident BBQ
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Mary Ward Hall Lawn
While new Gators and their families are working up an appetite settling in to their new homes, join Chartwells dining services for a smoking BBQ!
Understanding your University Housing Installment and Financial Aid Payment Plans – Methods of Payments
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Seven Hills Conference Center
Learn about on-campus housing Installment Payment Plans, Housing Fee Payment Schedule and the Method of Payments.
Residential Life Parent Panel
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Seven Hills Conference Center
Professional staff will provide parents with important information regarding the residential experience. There will be a Questions and Answer session following the panel discussion.
Student Life Resource Fair
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Outside the Dining Center, University Housing
Check out various opportunities to get involved on campus and resources available to you throughout the year.
Movie on the Lawn
7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. | West Campus Green
Relax, meet fellow new students and watch a newly released blockbuster film. Family and friends are welcome. Sponsored by your Associated Students, Inc. (ASI).
Friday, August 22nd
Welcome Days Registration
8 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Main Quad
Pick up your program with the schedule of events. Don’t forget your SF State Student ID card to check in.
Wake Up and Smell the Java/What's Happening Information Session
8 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Malcolm X Plaza
Enjoy a free cup of java and learn about Welcome Days event highlights in preparation for an exciting day. Sponsored by the SF State Alumni Association.
Academic & Student Life Resources
Various Times 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Various locations (see printed program)
University colleges, departments and support programs will host a variety of information sessions to assist students in learning about the many options and resources available to achieve academic success and engagement at SF State. Sessions include tours, general information sessions, and resource guides
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Main Quad
This event is the official SF State welcome to all incoming students including remarks from the University President, President of Associated Students, Inc., Dean of Students, and the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. Each speaker will provide insight into the SF State experience through his or her unique perspective. In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy performances from student organizations and campus artists. SF State invites incoming students, their family and guests to discover the many faces that make up our diverse and multifaceted University community. As you begin your journey at SF State, you will learn that it will be a unique, challenging and enriching experience.
The Transfer Transition
11 a.m. – noon | Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center (CCSC)
Transfer students are already familiar with college life. However, every institution has its own way of doing things. Learn how to best achieve academic success at SF State as an incoming transfer student.
Welcome to the Real World (First-Year Students)
11 a.m. – noon | McKenna Theater, Creative Arts Building
Welcome to college life. Student actors convey possible real-world scenarios while University departments provide helpful tips regarding safety, wellness, and student success.
Home Away From Home (Parents)
11 a.m. – noon | Knuth Theater, Creative Arts Building
Administrators and staff provide family and guests with important information regarding safety and wellness resources at SF State. There will be a Questions and Answers session following the panel discussion.
Taste of SF State
noon – 1:30 p.m. | Main Quad/Lawn, Malcolm X Plaza and Cesar Chavez Student Center
Grab some free food, sample SF State cuisine, learn how to get involved in student activities and enjoy music at this food fair and student activities showcase.
Café 101, Café Rosso, Chartwells, Gold Coast Grill & Catering, Nizario’s Pizza, Natural Sensations, Station Café, Subway, Taqueria Girasol, Taza Smoothies & Wraps, Village Market & Pizza
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | McKenna Theater, Creative Arts Building
Presented by Dr. Teaster Baird, Jr.
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
"Making the cut: My journeys in science and protease engineering"
Today, it is more obvious than ever that advancements in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) influence and impact our society in many ways, but who makes these advancements? What does it take to prepare for, and succeed in, a STEM-centered career? What is a STEM-centered career? In this short presentation, I address some of these questions and may even provide some answers.
Teaster Baird, Jr. is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at San Francisco State University. Dr. Baird earned his PhD in biochemistry at Duke University in Durham, NC where his research focus was in mechanistic enzymology. Afterwards, he did post-doctoral work in protein engineering at the University of California, San Francisco. At SFSU, he teaches undergraduate and graduate biochemistry courses and has an active research lab where he continues to study protein engineering. Dr. Baird is also an active member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, through which he is working to improve both scientific literacy in the general public and undergraduate biochemistry education.
Student Success Workshops
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Various Classrooms (see printed program)
Various workshops will be offered for parents and incoming students to choose from to provide detailed information regarding academic programs, University resources and tips on how to be successful at SF State.
Parent and Family Programs Drop-In Social
2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | J. Paul. Leonard Library - Room 121
Parents, take a break from the busy day! 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 the J. Paul Leonard Library.
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center
Join us for the 4th Annual Parents Program Dinner during SF State's Welcome Days. Parents and family members of San Francisco State University are an important extension of the SF State community. To thank each family member for their support and partnership, SF State Parents Council in partnership with the Alumni Association want to extend a special invitation to you to break bread and socialize with other parents and learn about the exciting ways in which you can be involved with SF State and your student’s experience.
While you participate in the Parents Program Dinner, your student is encouraged to head over to the West Campus Green for the Student Life Carnival to enjoy music, food, games, laser tag and much more.
Online payment no longer available. Based on availability, you may purchase tickets for the dinner at the Parent & Family Program Dinner check-in area. Cash only.
Student Life Carnival
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | West Campus Green
Enjoy an evening of music, food, games, laser tag and much more as we bring the carnival to SF State.
Greet a Gator
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | J. Paul. Leonard Library
The library isnt always quiet! Join us at the J. Paul Leonard Library where one night a year things can get a little loud with your new Gator friends.
SF State’s Got Talent
9 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Student Life Events Center
Various SF State student organizations and students (new and returning) showcase their talents through dance, music, and other performing arts. Come enjoy a night of fun as you the audience decide the winning act. (Performer Application)
Saturday, August 23rd
One Community – Day of Service
8:30 a.m. – noon | Malcolm X Plaza
Incoming students begin their community service experience, connecting with classmates, SF State and the San Francisco community. Students are invited to participate in beautification, landscaping and other service activities.
RSVP available online when you register for Welcome Days.
Journalism Department Mandatory Orientation
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | HUM 308
The Journalism Department Mandatory Orientation is required for incoming journalism transfer students. Students will learn how to be successful students in the department and the importance of advising. They will also learn about scholarships, workshops and other events that lead to on-time graduation.
Student Life Dance Party
9 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Student Life Events Center
Get ready to dance and connect with fellow incoming students. Bring your SF State ID for entry.
Sunday, August 24th
Cinema Department Showcase
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Coppola Theater (FA 101) Fine Arts Building
Department Chair Steven Kovacs and other cinema faculty will present an overview of the department, the Cinema major and will introduce Cinema’s thriving student groups, the Collective and Delta Kappa Alpha. Representatives from the two organizations will describe their group’s respective missions and activities and screen selected student films.
NOTE: Session Canceled. Possible make-up session TBD.
Monday, August 25th & Tuesday, August 26th
Welcome to Student Life Information Fair
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Malcolm X Plaza/Quad
Learn about the many departments, student organizations and resources on campus that help shape the Student Life experience. Students will also have the opportunity to suggest new ideas for Student Life at SF State.