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Image: Photos of SF State students, families and guests at Welcome Days

Welcome Days 2014 Schedule

This is a tentative schedule of events for Welcome Days 2014.



Thursday, August 21st

Friday, August 22nd

Saturday, August 23rd

Sunday, August 24th

Monday, August 25th & Tuesday, August 26th




Thursday, August 21st

Move-In Day

10 a.m. | University Housing

Student Life Resource Fair

11 a.m. – 2 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.

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.

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).

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Information Session

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 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

SF State Welcome: Faces of Community

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 a surprise guest. 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.

Welcome Transfer Students

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 a free hot dog, sample SF State cuisine, learn how to get involved in student activities and enjoy music at this food fair and student activities showcase.

Asia Express, Café 101, Café Rosso, Chartwells: City Eats Dining Center, The Bricks at Mary Ward, Café in the Park; Gold Coast Grill & Catering, Ike’s Place, Nizario’s Pizza, Natural Sensations, Quickly, Station Café, Subway, Taqueria Girasol, Taza Smoothies & Wraps, The Pub, Tuk Tuk Thai, Turtle Tower, Village Market & Pizza

First Class

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building

The surly sullen bell: Why Shakespeare Now?
In an era where social media and electronic communications have sped the pace of change, altered our sense of community, and fractured our idea of the self, what possible reason could there be to study a writer dead for four hundred years? Can Shakespspeare say anything to 21st century university students that they might want to listen to?
Speaker: Burce Avery, Professor, English Language & Literature, College of Liberal & Creative Arts

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.

Parents and Family Program Dinner

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Parents are invited to socialize, share common experiences and learn about the Parents and Family Program (pre-registration required).

This ticketed event is sold out for this year. We welcome you to participate in all of the other free events for students, parents, family members and guests.

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.

SF State’s Got Talent

9 p.m. – 12 a.m. | McKenna Theater, Creative Arts Building

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)

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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. Additional information will be provided to students who RSVP yes via email, including the opportunity to select your service activity, as we get closer to Welcome Days.

One Community - Day of Service Registration

Journalism Department Student Orientation

10 a.m. – noon | HUM 308

Learn more about the curriculum, the faculty, and the culture of the department. Get to know your classmates. Transfer students will have an opportunity to get academic advising specific to Journalism requirements. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Student Life Dance Party

9 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Cesar Chavez Student Center (CCSC)

Get ready to dance and connect with fellow incoming students. Bring your SF State ID for entry.

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Sunday, August 24th

Cinema Department Showcase

1 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Coppola Theater (FA 101) Fine Arts Building

Department Chair Daniel Bernardi will present an overview of the department and 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.

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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.

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