SF State’s Welcome Days: The University gets ready

A new academic year will kick off later this month with Welcome Days, a week of activities and events designed to acquaint new students and their families to the SF State community, orienting them to life on campus.

A photo of the Taste of SF State lunch in 2011.

The Taste of SF State lunch is one of many events planned for Welcome Days.

More than 3,900 freshmen students and more than 3,500 transfer students will start off at the University this fall semester. Welcome Days begins on Aug. 21, when new students living on campus will move into the residential halls, and continues through Aug. 26.

Although Welcome Days events are not mandatory, new students are encouraged to participate and get to know their community, as well as the resources and programs available to them at SF State.

"Research has shown that students who connect in a genuine way, early on, with the campus community and maintain that connection are the most satisfied and successful with their undergraduate experience," said Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Luoluo Hong. "Welcome Days lays the groundwork and framework for building those connections."

New residential students will begin moving onto campus at 10 a.m. on Aug. 21. The day will also include a Student Life Resource Fair and informational panels on housing payments and residential life, and conclude with a movie on the West Campus Green.

All new students officially check in for Welcome Days beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 22. Academic and Student Life resources -- as well as free coffee -- will be available in Malcolm X Plaza. At 10 a.m., Faces of Community, the official SF State welcome event, begins in the Main Quad and will feature words of welcome from Vice President Hong, President Les Wong, Associated Students Inc. President Kenneth Collins and Interim Dean of Students Mary Ann Begley.

Later Friday, the "First Class" will be held in McKenna Theater, with Associate Professor of Chemistry Teaster Baird presenting "Making the cut: My journeys in science and protease engineering." The day will continue with information panels, the Taste of SF State lunch and Student Life carnival, ending with the popular SF State's Got Talent showcase in the Student Life Event Center.

On Aug. 23, keeping with the University's commitment to civic engagement, new students will participate in a Day of Service on campus and in local neighborhoods. On Saturday night, the Student Life Event Center will host the annual Student Life Dance Party from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Classes begin Aug. 25, and the Student Life Information Fair will continue on the quad through Aug. 26.

New students should RSVP for Welcome Days by Aug. 16. To register and get more information -- including a full schedule of events and answers to frequently asked questions -- visit http://www.sfsu.edu/~welcome.

-- Jonathan Morales