Foundation News: June 2018

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Message from the Foundation President

​I always enjoy the buzz around campus as the academic year comes to a close and graduates celebrate their achievements. This year, we were honored that alumna Dr. Ramona Tascoe addressed our newest alumni at commencement, where she stressed the importance of social justice and activism. She participated in the 1968 campus strikes, then went on to pursue a distinctive career in internal medicine, and as an ordained minister who leads medical missions around the world. Dr. Tascoe stressed the continued relevance of social justice work in today’s world. I am proud that our University remains a diverse campus that encourages students to seek innovative solutions for global issues.

As we wrap up this fiscal year, we are halfway through our first comprehensive campaign and I am thrilled to share that we have raised over $79 million to date, 53% of our goal. As we look back on the first half of our campaign, it is evident how deeply our students, faculty, programs and facilities have been impacted by the ongoing generosity of our donors.

I want to thank Kim Brandon for her service as chair of the foundation’s investment committee and Neda Nobari for stepping in as the next chair. Neda will be a great chair and continue to build on the leadership Kim has provided to advance the committee’s good work in socially responsible investing.

Our upcoming board meeting on June 21 will be held at the Fine Arts Gallery on campus. We have a wonderful reception planned following the meeting, featuring private tours of the newly renovated Global Museum. This new museum is a true cultural gem, and a wonderful addition to our campus. We also look forward to welcoming Phyllis Carter, our newly appointed vice president for administration and finance to the board at her first meeting on June 21. As always, I look forward to seeing you later this month to continue to plan for the next fiscal year and second half of our campaign.

Thank you,

Robert J. Nava
​SF State Foundation President

SFSU students handling a sarcophagus

Upcoming Board Meetings and Events

Foundation Board Meeting

​Thursday, June 21, 2018, 3 p.m. – Annual Foundation Board Meeting, Fine Arts Building, Room 238

University Events


University Convocation

Thursday, August 23

The Office of the President and the Academic Senate invite you to attend the Opening University Convocation in McKenna Hall on Thursday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. Join us for a celebration of the start of a new academic year, hear from campus leaders and meet the University's new faculty, staff and administrators. Refreshments served 9 - 9:50 a.m.

University Updates

SF State researchers Kim Seashore, Larry Horvath and Eric Hsu

SF State receives $3.3 million award to support STEM educators


Dr. Ramona Tascoe (B.A., '70) at Commencement 2018

SF State celebrates class of 2018 at 117th Commencement


Brian Cauley

SF State MPA student tackles simulated pandemic


A still from the student documentary “Sisters in Drag”

SF State Queer Cinema Project received $50,000 to boost mentorship program

Campaign Progress


Campaign goal at 53% chart


Belva Davis

Belva Davis

Belva gave $10,000 to the College of Ethnic Studies to honor Ken Monteiro's long tenure as dean, and the college's upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations. Belva also donated an archive of her work including a collection of papers, memorabilia and video images documenting her distinguished career as the first black female TV journalist in the West. Her collection can be viewed online HERE.

Two female students preforming science tests

David Bjorkquist and Lola Cheung

David and Lola recently made a pledge of $107,700 to endow their longtime annual scholarship award for the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. David and Lola have supported many SF State students through this scholarship for the last ten consecutive years.




$100,000 from The Crankstart Foundation for the Crankstart reentry scholarship

$50,000 from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation to support the Queer Cinema Institute

$35,000 from Juanita Tamayo Lott, 1968 SF State striker, to the College of Ethnic Studies and to help endow the James Akira Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship

$30,000 from Nancy Rabolt., a gift-in-kind of reagents and equipment to the College of Science and Engineering, chair emerita of the Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel department, for a scholarship for students majoring in this field

$25,000 from The Teagle Foundation for Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence to build on SF State successful curricular reforms and to engage SFSU sister CSU campuses in similar efforts