CHSS Connection: Announcements

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

January/February 2020 issue

CHSS Staff Recognition Program seeks nominations for Circle of Excellence Awards

The CHSS Circle of Excellence (COE) staff recognition award program, now in its fourth year, honors and celebrates staff for their exceptional and unique contributions critical to the mission of our college.

You may nominate a staff member for any of three awards:

  • Model CHSS Citizen Award (“Golden Donut”)
  • Bright Idea Award
  • Behind the Scenes Wonder Award

The deadline for nominations is February 28. Awards will be announced and presented at the CHSS Annual Showcase on April 22. See detailed information and nomination instructions here.

Call for nominations: CHSS Faculty Excellence Awards

The College annually recognizes outstanding faculty with the CHSS Excellence in Teaching Awards, the CHSS Excellence in Scholarship Award and the CHSS Excellence in Service Award. All awards will be presented at the Fall 2020 CHSS Opening Meeting, and the recipients' names will appear on a plaque displayed near HSS 238.

Faculty and chairs may nominate their colleagues for any of the awards; in addition, students may submit nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Awards. Two Teaching Awards are presented — one recognizing a tenure-track/tenured faculty member, and one recognizing a lecturer. The nomination deadline for all CHSS Faculty Excellence Awards is April 17. See detailed criteria and nomination instructions here.

Nominations invited for Civic & Community Engagement Awards

Save the date for the Civic & Community Engagement Awards on April 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Seven Hills Conference Center.

The Institute for Civic & Community Engagement (ICCE) is now accepting nominations for the annual Civic & Community Engagement Awards Ceremony. Help recognize students, faculty, staff, and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through service and community-engaged scholarship.

Nominations are sought for the following categories:

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Service-Learning 
  • Student Award for Excellence in Service-Learning
  • Community Partner Excellence Award for Campus Collaboration 
  • Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement 
  • Staff Excellence in Community Engagement Award
  • SF State’s Nomination to the Bay Area Jefferson Awards for Public Service 

The deadline for submissions is February 14. For more information about the awards and to RSVP, visit the ICCE website.

Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship applications open

The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship Program application opens January 27. The fellowship provides SF State students who have faced barriers pursuing a college education with an opportunity to gain professional experience in the public sector while developing a lifelong commitment to public service. Students enrolled full-time, who have completed 60 units, and are in good standing (GPA of 2.0 or above) at the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester are eligible. We welcome students from all majors. Members of underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

More information, including a link to the application, is available here. We are hosting informational sessions on Wednesday, February 12, and Thursday, March 5, both 4-5 p.m. in LIB 222. Questions? Email Jess Bank, program manager, at

MPA program to hold information sessions for prospective students

The MPA Program is holding info sessions for prospective students Wednesday, February 5, 6-7 p.m. (online webinar); Thursday, February 13, 6-7 p.m. (online webinar); Monday, February 24, 5-6 p.m., Downtown Campus, Rm. 617; Thursday, March 5, 5-6 p.m., Downtown Campus, Rm. 617; Wednesday, March 11, 6-7 p.m. (online webiinar). Webinar participants will need to download the Zoom platform in order to join the session.

The Admissions Committee will begin to review completed applications starting March 1 for the Fall 2020 admissions cycle.  Applicants must submit all application materials by the April 1 deadline. For more information, visit the PACE website or email

Gerontology program to hold information sessions for prospective students

The Gerontology Program is holding an info session for prospective students 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18 at the main campus in HSS 242. There will also be an online webinar 12-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. See details on the PACE and Gerontology Program websites.  May 1 is the deadline for admissions applications for Fall 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact Darlene Yee-Melichar at

Gerontology student scholarships available

The PACE Gerontology Program is offering the following scholarships:

These scholarships may be accessed via Blackbaud Awards Management/BAM (formerly known as Academic Works). The application deadline is February 14 for all scholarships, and they will be awarded by the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Contact Darlene Yee-Melichar at with any questions.

Registration opens for Gator Youth Summer Camp

kids on bleachersThe Department of Kinesiology hosts another year of Gator Youth Summer Camp, a program with a 30-year history, for kids ages 7 to 14. Gator Camp focuses on teaching children life skills and how to become balanced, well-rounded healthy individuals. The program also aims to enhance self-esteem and confidence through physical activity and sports instruction, in addition to promoting fitness and motor skill development. This 6-week program runs from June 22 to July 31, 2020. Registration is available on our website now. If you have any questions about Gator Camp, feel free to contact the Department of Kinesiology at or call (415) 338-2244.