URM science students face disparity despite higher graduation rate

May 18, 2017 News

SF State students continue to face a lack of diversity in science departments despite a recent increase in graduation rates for underrepresented minority students.   As the percentage of underrepresented minorities (URM) students graduating within six years in the College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) at SF State has increased, the gap in graduation rates ...

SF State alumni’s efforts lead to a Pulitzer Prize

April 26, 2017 Life

Several SF State alumni were part of the team that won the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize earlier this month for breaking news coverage of the Ghost Ship fire for the East Bay Times. The fire broke out in December of last year at a warehouse party hosted by the Ghost Ship Artist Collective in Oakland, killing ...

SF State Wind Ensemble welcomes diversity

April 15, 2017 Multimedia

The SF State Wind Ensemble debuted “Into the forge! Music of Earth, Death, Metal, Fire & Oil,” on March 14, 2017 at Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts Building. The wind ensemble holds auditions at the beginning of each semester and is open to current students of all majors, alumni and faculty members at SF ...

Gary Austin, SF State alumnus and comedic mentor, dies at 75

April 7, 2017 News

SF State alumnus Gary Austin, whose work inspired comedians such as Helen Hunt, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, died on April 1 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 75 after losing a battle with cancer, according to Variety. Austin graduated from SF State with a bachelor’s degree in theatre in 1964, although ...

Project Censored confronts “fake news” phenomenon

March 11, 2017 News

Project Censored – SF State hosted a forum to talk with students about the importance of confronting “fake news” in today’s society. The organization encourages students and faculty to rethink the idea of what news is and develop critical thinking skills to do so. Kenn Burrows, Project Censored – SF State advisor and health studies ...

Alumna donation makes Iranian diaspora studies possible

March 4, 2017 News

Next fall, SF State will open a Center of Iranian Diaspora Studies to promote information and research on Iranian culture — a project largely made possible with a generous donation from an alumna. Neda Nobari, an SF State alumna and Iranian-American philanthropist, donated $5 million to the University last summer to create a space for ...

Alumna filmmaker honored by MoMA and Asian Art Museum

February 24, 2017 News

The Museum of Modern Arts of New York and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco honor SF State alumna and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Emiko Omori this month for her films based on the life of Japanese Americans confined to internment camps during World War II. MoMA invited Omori to join the retrospective exhibition and ...

Capacity exceeded at bell hooks event

February 21, 2017 News 1 Comment

Gloria Watkins, famously known as “bell hooks,” addressed the issues of feminism under the current political climate during her first visit in 15 years to SF State Monday. The well-known African American scholar of intersectionality of race and gender attracted more than 530 people, exceeding the capacity of Jack Adams Hall where bell hooks spoke. ...

University encourages critical thinking with comics and zombies

February 21, 2017

SF State is offering new courses to give students a different approach to developing critical thinking skills this semester: Comics and zombies. Nick Sousanis, an award-winning graphic novelist, is teaching two new comics courses in the humanities department, including Making Comics in Liberal Studies and Comics and Culture. “I really like it,” said Lucre Tius, ...

Chinese New Year 2017 brings SF State Asian community together

February 5, 2017 News

Vibrant melodies echoed throughout Jack Adams Hall, as Shura Taylor snapped strings of a traditional Chinese instrument, the guzheng, at the SF State Chinese Flagship Program Chinese New Year celebration on Friday. An estimated 170 people filled the room with both applause and mixed feelings about the way the holiday is now celebrated in San ...