Gator Tales Newsletter March 2024

Did you know that spring is a time of increased activity for gators! As the weather warms up, gators emerge from a torpor (a period of reduced activity) and they become more visible and active. This time of year, they enjoy soaking up the sun and become more active in their search for food. Just like the gator, our SF State Gators are shaking off the winter chill and getting ready to thrive this semester!

Greetings Gators! 

All of us in the Division of Student Life and Dean of Students Office hope you are having a semester full of transformative learning, positive connection, inspiring curiosity, and success towards accomplishing your goals. Remember, our entire team is here to support, so please never hesitate to reach out. The following are a few highlights for you to consider. 


We are excited to start a new tradition here on campus designed to honor you, our brilliant students and the transformative contributions many of you are making on campus and across our local community. Alli's Student Award Night will be hosted on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. This event allows our campus community the opportunity to recognize and celebrate both individual students and student organizations in the following categories: 

Individual Awards 

Organizational Awards 

Alli’s Student Leadership Award 

New Org of the Year 

Emerging Student of the Year 

Student Org of the Year 

Student Belonging Award 

Student Program of the Year 

Student Connection Award 

Org Community Service Award 

Transfer Student of the Year 

Org Inclusive Excellence Award 

Advanced Student Leadership Award 

Org Belonging Award 

Graduate Student of the Year 

Org Collaboration Award 

Student Staff Purple & Gold Award 


We welcome you to consider nominating one of your fellow students or registered student organization for an award. Please visit here to submit a nomination. We invite all to submit nominations by March 30, 2024.  


The 2024-25 FAFSA/CADAA priority deadline is fast approaching! Be sure to complete your aid application by April 2, 2024. The Office of Student Financial Aid is available to help you complete your application. Join us for one of our Fin Aid Friday information sessions, “2024-25 FAFSA/CADAA Workshop” at 2pm on Zoom on March 8 or March 22. Visit our website for more details and ways to get in touch - Office of Student Financial Aid | San Francisco State University ( 


Your Associated Students, Inc. here at SF State is gearing up for elections later this month. One way to get involved on campus is to participate in your student government elections. Consider helping the student body select next year undergraduate and graduate student leaders who will represent you on campus, at the system level, and throughout the State. For more information visit Elections | Associated Students (

That’s all for now. Good luck with mid-terms, have a safe spring break, and Go Gators! 

Dean Miguel 

Health Promotion and Wellness: 

  • HPW is excited to announce our new Wellness Vending Machine program. Open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week the Open24 vending machine is located between the Library and the Admin building and now offers low-cost wellness supplies for students. For only 25 cents per item, students can now get Narcan, Fentanyl testing strips, condoms, pregnancy tests, and menstrual supplies.  

Student Activities & Events: 

  • Student Organization Space Grand Opening: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024 1pm-3pm. Come check out the newest space on campus dedicated to students and Student Organizations! Free treats and giveaways!  

Student Health Services: 

  • Student Health Services will remain open for Spring Break with modifyed hours.  

  • Monday: 8:15am-4:45pm 

  • Tuesday: 12pm-4:45pm 

  • Wednesday: 10:30am-4:45pm 

  • Thursday: 10am-4:45pm 

  • Friday 8:15am-4:45pm 

Campus Rec:  

  • Annual 5k Walk, Run, & Roll 2024: To all our fellow Gators and San Francisco community members, get ready to move at this year's Annual 5K Walk, Run, and Roll! This exciting race will take place on Saturday, April 13th at 9AM. The event will be $10 for students. Enjoy our early bird general admission pricing at $15, ending March 23. After March 23, pricing for general admission will be $20. The event is inclusive and open to all participants. There will be giveaways and awards to celebrate the winners and participants. There will be separate brackets for each: walk, run, and roll.  

Career & Leadership Development: 

  • Gator Leadership Circle (GLC): In-person leadership development and networking opportunity for freshman and sophomores 

  • Program starts April 9th  

  • 4 sessions from 2pm-3:30pm 

  • Tuesdays on campus 

CSU Chancellor Invitation for Students: 

  • Journeys to Leadership: Join California State University Chancellor Mildred García and CSU Board of Trustees Chair Wenda Fong as they talk about their incredible journeys to some of the highest leadership positions in education. Register now for this intimate conversation giving students a firsthand look at who these two leaders are, where they came from, and how they advise the next generation to reach for the stars. You may register for the event here:

Food+Shelter+Success (FSS) 

Food+Shelter+Success, SF State's Basic Needs Initiative, supports students’ ability to reach their full potential at SF State by providing food, housing and financial crisis support programs, services, and referrals. 

FSS stands in solidarity with everyone fighting for equality. Equitable access to housing, food, medical care, and education are critical, undeniable, and foundational elements of racial and social justice. Our mission at FSS is to address student hunger and homelessness through the development of sustainable and student-informed programs and policies that support the university's educational mission. 

FSS provides the following services/ resources: 

Food Security 

  • Assistance with the application process for CalFresh benefits 

  • Emergency meal cards 

  • Referrals to community food resources 

Housing Stability 

  • Emergency shelter resources 

  • Rapid Rehousing Program 

  • Referrals to community housing resources 

Economic Support: 

  • SparkPoint financial coaching 

  • Emergency grants for housing and food security needs 

  • Access to personal care kits (hygiene items) 

  • Parenting supplies 

FSS is located on the bottom floor of the Village at Centennial Square, across from CityEats Dining Hall. We are open Monday- Thursday 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM and Friday 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. 

FSS Contact Information: 


Phone: 415-338-1203 

Instagram: @foodsheltersuccess 

FSS team posing at conference

Giovanni Jaime, Sociology – Riverside, CA 

Giovanni Jaime (He/Him) is in his final year here at SF State. He’s majoring in Sociology, with a double minor in Human Sexuality Studies and Recreation Parks and Tourism. He works with first-time students in the winter and summer welcoming them to our university through the New Student & Family Programs office as a Peer Director. The thing he loves most about SF State is how diverse the population is, and how it has opened him up to many new experiences. 

Giovanni Jaime Student Spotlight

Associated Students 

Interested in getting involved? Seeking services on campus? Looking for events? 

Check out Associated Students in the Cesar Chavez Student Center!  

If you’re looking to make a change on campus and advocate to campus administration, consider voting in the upcoming AS election or run as a write in candidate! For more info, check out 

Join us for our yearly Rhythms Music Festival with guest performers redveil and Destroy Lonely! Tickets are on sale until April 27th to all students, get yours now at  

Follow us on Instagram @as_sfstate to keep up to date and learn about events, programs, and services. 

AS Elections Flier
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Easter Egg Hunt event on the Great Lawn at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco on Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 10am – 12:30pm. 

  • Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race: Watch dozens of contestants at Bring Your Own Big Wheel (BYOBW) racing their big wheels down the curvy Vermont & 20th streets – the actual curviest street in SF – on Easter Sunday. 

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open. Apply for the 2024-2025 year on their website.  

  • March 25-March 29, 2024: Spring 2024 Recess, no classes, campus open.  

  • April 1, 2024: Cesar Chavez Day, no classes, campus open.