Foundation News: February 2017

Pamela Joyner, President Les Wong, President Emeritus Robert Corrigan and College of Ethnic Studies Dean Ken Monteiro at a reception featuring the inaugural Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice.

Pamela Joyner, President Les Wong, President Emeritus Robert Corrigan and College of Ethnic Studies Dean Ken Monteiro at a reception featuring the inaugural Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice.



On January 13, a week before the inauguration of a new presidential administration, SF State and its College of Ethnic Studies celebrated the contributions that artists of African descent have contributed to America's vibrant cultural landscape. The venue for the event was the beautiful home of Pamela Joyner and Fred Giuffrida, whose nationally renowned art collection became even more luminous during an absorbing and enlightening conversation with Dr. Jacqueline Francis, the renowned art historian and inaugural Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice at SF State.

This unique evening highlighted the potent intersection of academia, community, and philanthropy. Surrounded by an extraordinary array of creative work, Dr. Francis broadened our understanding of the social commentary and historical context informing the Joyner-Giuffrida collection and reminded us of the many diverse threads that constitute and strengthen the fabric of our society. The Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professorship that Dr. Francis currently holds was made possible by leadership support from George and Judy Marcus and additional contributions from a generous group of alumni and friends. We remain grateful to Judy, George, and all who made this professorship possible, particularly as we enjoy the fruits of the scholarship it brings to SF State and our larger community.            

Robert J. Nava
​SF State Foundation President 



Neda Nobari receives a commendation from the CSU.

Neda Nobari is Honored by Chancellor White and the CSU

Foundation Director Neda Nobari received a commendation from CSU Chancellor Timothy White after speaking to the CSU Trustees about the ways in which her education at SF State influenced her life and about her inspiration for establishing the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at the University.
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Michael Krasny

Prof. Michael Krasny to Speak at Foundation Advance

Dr. Michael Krasny, host of the award-winning KQED FORUM, author and professor of English at SF State, will be the featured lunch speaker at the Foundation Board Advance in Napa next month. The Alexander String Quartet will also make an encore appearance on Friday evening.
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Foundation directors and staff at the AGB's Leadership Forum in Miami

Directors Share Ideas and Network at Leadership Forum

The Association of Governing Board's Leadership Forum held in late January focused on the roles foundations play in making the case for sustained public and philanthropic support for public higher education.


AOA Conference Artwork

Foundation President Shares Sustainable Investing Story

SF State Foundation President Robert Nava spoke on a panel about sustainable investing at the 2017 CSU Auxiliary Organizations Association (AoA) conference in San Diego. Secretary/Treasurer Venesia Thompson Ramsay led the philanthropy track.
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Creative writing professor Peter Orner

Creative Writing Professor is a Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award

Peter Orner's acclaimed collection “Am I Alone Here? Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live” is among five books nominated in the criticism category. 

Seabirds on San Francisco Bay

SF State Research Could Improve Conservation in Regional Marine Sanctuaries

A new study published by SF State researchers could benefit ocean zoning for coastal development plans and prove life-saving for foraging seabirds along the Central California coastline in the event of an oil spill.


Campaign Progress Bar


$300,000 from the Sonoma Land Trust for the Sears Point Tidal Marsh Restoration Project.

$246,817 from the Estate of Diana Root as an unrestricted gift to the University.

$200,000 bequest expectancy and a $25,000 gift annuity from alumna Jo Markovich to support the Graduate College of Education.

$150,000 from the Trust of Dr. V.V. Krishnan and $155,000 from Dr. Judy Stamps to create the Krishnan Scholarship in Engineering.

$150,000 from Merritt Community Capital Corporation to support the Engaged Housing Research Fund.


Total Gifts as of 2/3/17:


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March 3-4, 2017 – Board Meeting & Advance at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa
June 22, 2017 – Annual Meeting & Board Meeting, 3–5 p.m. at Seven Hills Conference Room)