Campus closed for the holidays

Breathe a sigh of relief, fellow Gators. Finals are over, the holiday season is upon us and this fall was another great semester at SF State.

Campus will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. As the New Year approaches, now is the perfect time to revisit highlights from the fall semester:


In September SF State began developing a new strategic plan. President Leslie Wong and the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee invited faculty, staff and students to get involved with the planning process at town hall meetings and outreach events throughout the semester. Campus community members can still contribute by tweeting “I want ___ at #SFState” or texting “I want ___” to (415) 727-7378. Visit for more information.


California State University Chancellor Timothy White visited campus early this fall as part of his statewide tour of the 23-campus CSU system. During his visit White toured the campus, met with the Academic Senate and attended a forum on current faculty research. View photos from the Chancellor’s visit on Facebook.


Photo of the Bike Barn

Associate Professor of Geography & Environment Jason Henderson created the course Bicycle Geographies, which will be offered for the first time in spring 2014.

Five new courses were funded through the CSU’s Campus as a Living Lab Grant Program, which provides support for sustainability studies and courses that utilize on-campus facilities. The first two courses, Bicycle Geographies and Sustainable Supply Chain Management, will debut in the spring semester.


SF State celebrated Business Ethics Week in early November with a series of lectures and workshops featuring Bay Area business leaders. Denise Kleinrichert, chair of the Business Ethics Week faculty committee, discussed the basics of business ethics in a Q&A with University Communications.


Student veterans shared their stories of service and struggle in short documentary films produced by the Veteran’s Documentary Corps. Founded by Professor and Chair of Cinema Daniel Bernardi, the database of videos continues to grow.


Photo of graduate student Peter Christian and the hexacopter

Graduate student Peter Christian developed the six-legged unmanned aerial device to help researchers capture high resolution images of the natural environment.

Graduate student Peter Christian created a tool for surveying areas of land too treacherous to travel by foot. Created as part of Christian’s master’s thesis in Geographic Information Systems, the "hexacopter" is an unmanned aerial device that can capture high quality images of the ground.


Research by Robert Keith Collins, assistant professor of American Indian studies, indicated that turning on video captions could boost student comprehension. Using captions has been proven to benefit students with and without learning disabilities, a significant development for educators.  


President Leslie Wong and his wife Phyllis wish the campus community a happy New Year. To view the Wongs' video address, visit:

-- Gianna Devoto