Foundation News: April 2017

SF State engineering students

SF State engineering students won the Best Seismic Performance award at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's 2017 Seismic Design Competition. More details below.


San Francisco State University students continue to shake things up—in the best possible ways—as you'll see in the stories below. They are just a few recent examples among many that highlight the accolades our students receive and so richly deserve. Additionally, we are very proud of Interim Provost Jennifer Summit, who was named by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Most Influential Women in the Bay Area.

Meanwhile, our Foundation directors continue to help lead us in advancing the University and its mission, both near and far. John Gumas, in his role as campaign chair, added his Midas touch as we met with alumni in New York earlier this month. The following week, Judy Marcus, David Simon, Camilla Smith, and Brent Stranathan, along with John Gumas, graciously participated in a very successful campaign dinner in Los Angeles. Next month, Neda Nobari will deliver what will no doubt be an eloquent and heartfelt address to the graduates at this year's Commencement ceremony. While not exhaustive, these examples illustrate the many ways you give so generously of your time and energy to make SF State an even better place for our students, faculty, and community.

Thank you.

Robert J. Nava
​SF State Foundation President 



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University Receives Silver Sustainability Rating

SF State’s commitment to sustainability received the endorsement of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which awarded the University a silver rating.
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SF State Graduate Math Student Wins NSF Fellowship

Andrés R. Vindas Meléndez, the son of Costa Rican immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, became the latest SF State student to win a National Science Foundation Fellowship.
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Science & Engineering Students Receive Seismic Award

Competing against universities from across the country and abroad, SF State students took home the Best Seismic Performance award at last month's Earthquake Engineering Research Institute competition.


Shane Murphy receives his award

Student Filmmaker Takes Grand Prize at SMPTE Competition

SF State student Shane Murphy won the grand prize for his film “Sirens” at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Vista Project student filmmaker competition held in Las Vegas this month.
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Campaign Progress Bar


$1,875,000 from George and Judy Marcus to provide scholarship support to student-athletes in the University's athletics programs.

$1,000,000 from the Colonel and Mrs. John Kern to build new education and research facilities at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.

$189,482 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the impact of state and federal child nutrition policies on understudied population subgroups with the highest rates of obesity.


Total Gifts as of 4/24/17:


2016-17 Goal:


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June 22, 2017 – Annual Meeting & Board Meeting, 3–5 p.m. at SF State Humanities Building, Room 587