Student Clubs and Groups

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Afro-Cuban Ensemble

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff. Focuses on the interconnectedness of African influences in the Americas. Afro-Cuban performs Pan-African-American styles of music from South America and the Caribbean and jazz. Audition: Play or sing a song of your choice -- singers are encouraged, but not required, to sing in Spanish.

Contact: John Calloway, Director, jcallow@sfsu.edu

American Institute of Graphic Arts SF State (AIGA SF State)

Information: For students interested in careers in graphic design, communication design and interactive design. Students can join the professional organization and begin to network with the large design community in San Francisco. The group sponsors events such as speakers and films, and helps design students build professional networks and activities in the Bay Area. Our student group promotes design and gives an opportunity fo students to network with each other and the local design community. We utilize the tools at hand and positively influence the School of Design at SF State, the University as a whole, and local design in San Francisco.

Contact: Faculty advisor, Assistant Professor Saskia Van Kampen, saskia@sfsu.edu

Anthropology Student Association

Information: Open to anthropology majors of all persuasions (socio/cultural, biological, visual, archaeologists and all) as well as non-majors who are interested in learning more about anthropology. A student-run social and networking organization with an eclectic range of interests and activities. Weekly meetings are in Science 273 Mondays at 3:30pm. Questions about the Association can be directed to asa@mail.sfsu.edu

Contact: Faculty Advisor - Meredith Reifschneider - mreifschneider@sfsu.edu

Visit the Anthropology Student Association website

Animation Society

Information: The animation society serves a resource for animation students from across the SF State campus. We support screenings, workshops, and other events including the Animation Finals. The group also helps the animation students navigate all the resources on campus, in the School of Cinema, and in the Bay Area for aspiring animators.

Contact: animationsocietyatsfsuofficial@gmail.com

Audio Engineering Society San Francisco State Student Chapter (AES)

Information: Open to any student interested in music recording and audio engineering concepts. Affiliated with the professional chapter of the Audio Engineering Society. Meetings weekly on Wednesdays in the BECA Recording Studio (Studio 43).

Contact: jbarsottigoaudio@aol.com, sfstateaes@gmail.com

Web: www.aes.org

Black Film Club

Information: The purpose of the Black Film Club is to expand the visibility of black-oriented films and filmmakers at SF State; highlight the contributions of professional black screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, and other film professionals to the cinematic artform; provide a support circle for student film projects in and state of production that depict black experiences and/or thematically draw upon black perspectives; to render film production services (paid and unpaid) for real-world clients and organizations who have demonstrated support of clack upliftment.

Contact: blackfilmclub.at.sfstate@gmail.com

Ceramics Guild

Information: Open to all undergraduate and graduate art students with an interest in ceramics. Organizes annual sales event for fundraising for the Ceramics area by selling student work. Monies are used to pay for guest lecturers.

Contact: Advisor - Jeff Downing, jdowning@sfsu.edu, sfsuceramics@yahoo.com

Chamber Music Ensembles

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff who play winds/brass/strings. Chamber music ensembles rehearse, perform, and are coached by School of Music faculty throughout the semester and ensembles receive additional feedback at a weekly master class attended by peers, faculty members, and distinguished guests. Camerata is a professional-level string ensemble, consisting of students, alumni, faculty, and guests.

Contact: Zak Grafilo, Director, zgasq@sfsu.edu

Chamber Singers

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff who sing. Focusing on challenging classical repertoire for 16-20 singers. Chamber Singers performs on and off campus. Audition information: sign up for an audition time on the choral bulletin board outside room 146 in the Creative Arts building. No preparation required.

Contact: Nicholas Nackley, Director, nnackley@sfsu.edu

Cinema Collective

Information: For all students interested in making films or movies in general. Goal is to work together, learn from each other, and maintain a flourishing community of filmmakers around campus dedicated to producing quality films.

Contact: via Facebook, cinemacollectiveatsfsu@gmail.com

FA: Scott Boswell - sboswell@sfsu.edu

Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association (CSGSA)

Information: The Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association (CSGSA) is comprised of graduate students in the Master of Arts program at the Cinema Department of San Francisco State University. The purpose of the CSGSA is to serve as a resource for aspiring film scholars and filmmakers. We aim to cultivate a supportive and stimulating environment for those who are interested in all aspects of cinema and its related fields. Above all, we are committed to the constructive exchange of ideas and information for we believe this to be a fundamental asset in pursuing both professional and creative goals. Each year, the CSGSA coordinates an international graduate conference dealing with a different film topic.

Contact: csgsa@mail.sfsu.edu

Web: http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~cinegsa/

FA: R. L. Rutsky - rlrutsky@sfsu.edu

Classics Student Association

Information: Open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, interested in the ancient world.

Contact: David Smith - dgsmith@sfsu.edu

Web: http://classics.sfsu.edu/classics-students-association

College Students in Broadcasting

Information: Our mission is to provide BECA students at SFSU with the opportunity to network with industry professionals. We connect SFSU students with professionals by way of featuring speakers who work in the broadcast industry. Open to all students.

Contact: csborganization@gmail.com

FA: Chris Clemens - cclemens@sfsu.edu

Comic Arts Club

Information: Open to any student interested in comic arts and comic making. Our mission is to create a safe space for comic artists and enthusiasts to make, collaborate, and discuss comics.

Contact: sfsucomicarts@gmail.com

Instagram: sfsu_comicarts

Discord: https://discord.gg/kRjwnamU8v

Communication Studies Student Association

Information: Founded in August 2018, the Communication Studies Student Association (CSSA) aims to create a community of students outside of the halls of the Humanities building. CSSA meets once a week throughout the school year. They work together to organize socials and fundraising events which are great opportunities to gain experience, build your resume, network, and discuss all things communication studies!  This is a student-led organization.

Contact: commssa18@gmail.com

Instagram: CSSA_SFSU

LinkedIn Group URL: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13857165/

Comparative Literature Student Association

Open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, interested in comparative literature.

Contact: Dane Johnson - danej@sfsu.edu

clsa@sfsu.edu

Web: http://www.portalsjournal.com/

CRAFTSFSU

Information: Composition and Reading Association for Future Teachers

Contact: Robert Edward Talley, talley@mail.sfsu.edu

Creative World Ensemble

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff. Draws from a variety of musical traditions and genres allowing students to create highly original intercultural arrangements and improvisations. Vocal and instrumental areas may include: Africa (kora, mbira, djembe), India (sarod, tabla), China (guzheng), Australia (dijeridoo), (kulintang), Europe (Celtic violin, Bulgarian women's choir, accordion), the Americas (Lakota vocals), Iran and the Arab World (daf, ney, santur, oud).

Contact: Hafez Modirzadeh, Director, fezmo@sfsu.edu

Delta Kappa Alpha

Information: Delta Kappa Alpha is a co-ed, professional cinema fraternity devoted to giving students the opportunity to make films, develop contacts and gain experience in the world of filmmaking. We provide our members with equipment and organize workshops with professionals, and we are a fun group of welcoming people.

Contact: president@sfsu.dka.org

Web: http://sfsu.dka.org/

FA: Julian Hoxter - hoxter@sfsu.edu

English Student Association

Information: The English Student Association (ESA) is an organization for all undergraduate students pursuing an English degree. Its purpose is to generate student involvement in the department and foster a greater sense of community through social events, as well as academic and career-focused workshops. 

Contact: eusasfsu@gmail.com

Insta + Snapchat: @EUSASFSU

Feminist Filmmaker Fellowship

Information: The Feminist Filmmaker Fellowship (F3) provides equitable opportunities for women and disenfranchised filmmakers form San Francisco State University to be involved in the media industry

Contact: Ying Wencie Trung Hoang, yhoang1@mail.sfsu.edu

Gator Army Company

Information: The purpose of the GAC shall be to (1) encourage interaction of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and professionals in the field of Military Science on a professional and social level; (2) provide opportunities for all students to further their understanding of military officership; (3) offer members a supportive, intellectually stimulating, and friendly venue to expand their interests in Army service; and (4) further the knowledge of Army officer development within the university community and in the community at large. Graduates and undergraduates welcome.

Contact: Ben Yang - byang@sfsu.edu, milclub@mail.sfsu.edu

Go Greek

Information: Open to all students on the SF State campus who are interested in exploring contemporary Greek culture, e.g. Greek food, literature, music. Monthly meetings will be held.

Contact: Martha Klironomos, modgreek@sfsu.edu

Graduate Literature Association (GLA)

Information: The Graduate Literature Association (GLA) is the MA in Literature's student organization. All students pursuing an MA in English Literature at SFSU are automatically members. The GLA organizes a variety of social activities, academic and career workshops, and scholarly conferences. It also oversees a student listserve, advocates on the behalf of students, and publishes Interpretations, a student-edited academic journal.

Contact: via GLA website, trillion@maill.sfsu.edu

FA: Sarita Cannon - sncannon@sfsu.edu

History Students Association

Information: The History Students Association, in its current incarnation, was created in 2005 in order to facilitate communication between history students and the faculty, enhance the history learning experience, further the goals of history students, and for social interaction and entertainment among history students.

In addition to regular meetings, HSA holds many events, like movie nights, throughout the year. All students with an interest in history, not just history majors, are encouraged to join us.

Contact: hsa@mail.sfsu.edu

I-House: Education in Action!

Information: Founded by Persian Studies, International House (I-House) at San Francisco State University is a dynamic student Organization and an educational program to support linguistic, cultural, and artistic activities. Our mission is to promote a peaceful environment and strengthen links with other cultural, and educational programs and departments at SFSU and beyond. Our goal is to enable student organizations to interact and foster intercultural respect, friendship, and leadership among individuals from all nations and backgrounds.

Contact: ihouse@sfsu.edu

Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA)

Information: For students interested in industrial design. Students can join the professional organization and begin to network with the large design community in San Francisco. The group sponsors events such as workshops and speakers while it helps design students build professional networks and activities in the Bay Area. Our student group promotes design and gives an opportunity for students to network with each other and the local design community. We utilize the tools at hand to positively influence the School of Design at SF State, the University as a whole, and local design in San Francisco.

Contact: Faculty advisor, Professor Ricardo Gomes, ricomes@sfsu.edu

International Relations Student Association (IRSA)

Information: As the organization for International Relations majors, the International Relations Student Association at SFSU is dedicated to making educational resources more readily available to students and increasing coordination between students and faculty. We strive to increase student knowledge of international events which carry significant political, cultural and social relevance in our world. The group organizes diplomat nights every semester and the annual graduation banquet.

Contact: irsa@mail.sfsu.edu

FA: Scot Siegel - snsiegel@sfsu.edu

Japanese Student Association (JSA)

Information: Dedicated to supporting and providing services for the Japanese Students and Students who are interested in Japan, Japanese language and culture at SFSU.

Contact: sfsu.jsa.record@gmail.com

FA: Koichiro Aoshima - ko@sfsu.edu

Jazz Combos

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff.

Small jazz combos play and study the music concepts of music and concepts of modern jazz masters. Jazz combos rehearse and are coached by the School of Music faculty throughout the semester.

Contact: Andrew Speight, Director, speight@sfsu.edu

Liberal Studies Student Organization

Information: Open to all Liberal Studies students, faculty, staff, and sympathizers.

Contact: liberalgator@gmail.com

FA: Nick Sousanis - sousanis@sfsu.edu

LGSA

Information: Linguistics Graduate Student Association

Contact: fledgelings@gmail.com

MATESOL Student Association

Information: Open to all matriculated MA TESOL students. The primary goals of the organization are to organize social events, support community-building and professional networking, and organize TESOL Talks (a series of lectures and workshops on hot topics in TESOL).

Contact: matesolsa@gmail.com

FA: David Olsher - olsher@sfsu.edu

Web: MATESOL Student Associations, Organization Website

Model United Nations Club (MUN club)

Information: Open to all students interested in the United Nations. In the fall semester helps to prepare students to attend two conferences in the spring: National Model United Nations in New York and Model United Nations of the Far West in Burlingame. In the spring semester works closely with Model United Nations class, IR 432.

Contact: Dr. JoAnn Aviel, javiel@sfsu.edu or Club president - Ernesto Martinez, emtz@mail.sfsu.edu

Moot Court

Moot Court prepares students for the rigors of arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court. Moot Court is an outstanding opportunity for students to experience the practice of Constitutional Law first-hand and serves as an important pillar of pre-law education.

Moot Court is an academic competition in which students engage in legal/appellate advocacy before a fictional United States Supreme Court. Each team consists of two SF State students who argue one constitutional issue apiece based upon a fictional case problem. Team members prepare "argument outlines" to serve as assistive aids during the competition, which include detailed legal analysis of the applicable controlling law on constitutional issues. During competitions, students present oral arguments to a panel of judges who evaluate their performance, both on legal substance and oratorical skill.

Contact: Dr. Nicholas Conway - Coach and Faculty Advisor, nickconway@sfsu.edu

Website: https://politicalscience.sfsu/moot-court

Museum Studies Student Association

An interdisciplinary student-led organization open to all interested in museums. Supports activities in the Museum Studies Program and the Global Museum; hosts museum professional development events; supports professional networking with Museum Studies alumni; provides student support among graduate majors and undergraduate minors. Find us on Instagram (@SFSUMuseumStudies), Facebook (@Museum Studies Student Association at SFSU), and Twitter (@SFStateMuseum).

Contact: museumst@sfsu.edu

Web: museum.sfsu.edu

FA: Christine Fogarty – cfog@sfsu.edu

Music Student Alliance

The Music Student Alliance brings together student of the SFSU School of Music to advocate for rights, safety, and happiness of all who study music. We work as a liaision between students and faculty to ensure that our concerns are heard through an organized channel of communication.

Contact: musicstudentalliance.sfsu@gmail.com

Web: https://sfsu.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/musicstudentalliance

Opera Workshop

Presenting opera scenes, as well fully-staged productions with sets, costumes and orchestra. Recent full productions include Die Fledermaus, La Calisto, Alcina, Beatrice and Benedict and scenes programs of music including Mozart, Britten, Monteverdi, Cherubini and Handel.

Contact: Christine Brandes, Director, cbrandes@sfsu.edu

Orchestra

By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff who play winds/brass/percussion/strings.

Large classical instrumental ensemble. Open to all. Members demonstrate an outstanding level of musicianship and commitment. Repertoire includes selections of standard repertoire, as well as new music from student composers, readings for orchestration projects and annual Concerto Competition Concert. Students should prepare 5 minutes of music on their chosen instrument for audition.

Contact: Cyrus Ginwala, Director, School of Muisc, cginwala@sfsu.edu

Phi Alpha Theta—Phi Kappa chapter

Information: A national History Honor Society with a branch at S.F.S.U. For membership qualifications and applications, visit the club's website.

Contact: pat@sfsu.edu

Philosophy Club

The purpose is to enrich the study of philosophy. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Organizes various events, including a regular program in which students present their research work in progress to an audience of their peers. Another event is the annual "meet the professors" in which the club invites faculty members to be on a panel to discuss their current research projects.

Contact: sfsuphilclub2@gmail.com

Faculty Advisor: Justin Tiwald, jtiwald@sfsu.edu

Philosophy & Religion Club

This club is developing its leadership and focus. It seeks to be sponsored by both the Department of Philosophy and SFSU's Gator Experience. We envision this club will be for students who are most interested in the Philosophy of Religion and interested in philosophies and religions as ways of living. We are open to other ideas and invite you to join us in this discussion. 

Contact: Taylor Morgan, tmorgan2@mail.sfsu.edu

Minorities & Philosophy Club (MAP)

This club is an international, student-run organization aimed at promoting the past and present work of underrepresented groups in the field of Philosophy.

The mission of MAP SFSU is to offer students at San Francisco State University, in philosophy as well as other departments, an environment free from stereotypes, epistemic injustice, and racist and sexist ideology, as well as a platform to discuss the work of philosophers from underrepresented groups, and literature on the philosophy of race, sex, gender, class, disability, and other pressing concerns. We hope to help in opening philosophical dialogue around these considerations, by engaging in public philosophy and outreach on our campus and in our community at large.

Website: Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)

Contact: mapsfstate@gmail.com

Philosophy Mentoring Program

Information: Graduate students become mentors to undergraduate majors in philosophy.

Players Club

Information: Theatre majors and minors are automatically members, but all SF State students are welcome, get involved in all aspects of the theatre including shows.

Contact: mphilli1@mail.sfsu.edu

Faculty Advisor: Laura Wayth - lwayth@sfsu.edu

Poetry Center

Information: The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University has presented over one-hundred continuous seasons of outstanding contemporary poets and writers reading from their works. With its companion project, The American Poetry Archives, the Center has amassed over 4,000 hours of original recordings of poets and writers reading from their works. Member is open to anyone.

Contact: http://www.sfsu.edu/~poetry/

Print Guild

Information: Open to all undergraduate and graduate art students with an interest in printmaking. Organizes annual sales event for fundraising for the Printmaking area by selling student work. Offers informal workshops on printmaking techniques throughout the academic year. Curates and installs shows in the Artery, a small exhibition space in the foyer of the Fine Arts Building.

Contact: Advisors - Susan Belau, sbelau@sfsu.edu or Mario Laplante, laplante@sfsu.edu

PSSA (Political Science Students Association)

Information: Deals with issues pertaining to undergraduate political science issues. Plans and runs graduation ceremony, holds social events, liaisons with faculty etc.

Contact: pssasfsu@mail.sfsu.edu

Faculty Advisor: Whitney Taylor, wktaylor@sfsu.edu

Website: politicalscience.sfsu.edu/political-science-student-association-pssa

Speech and Debate Team

Information: SF State’s award-winning speech and debate program is open to all students interested in competitive speaking activities. We offer training for seasoned veterans and novice competitors in platform speaking, policy debate, and interpretive events.

Contact: Teddy Albiniak - albiniak@sfsu.edu

Visit the Speech and Debate Team website

Student Dance Alliance

Information: The Student Dance Alliance at San Francisco State University is an association of student dancers with the intention of promoting dance as an essential art form at the University. The main purpose of this organization is to supplement the University with an alliance of students who will not only participate in functions which go to support the organization, but to also give students an opportunity to showcase their craft through the medium of creative and expressive movement.

Insta: @sfsu.sdu

Facebook: Student Dance Alliance @ SF State

Twitter: @sda_sfsu

Textiles Guild

Information: Open to all undergraduate and graduate art students with an interest in Textiles. Organizes annual sales event to raise funds by selling student work. Monies are used to pay for guest lecturers and provide material support for textiles courses.

Contact: Advisor - Vic De La Rosa, delarosa@sfsu.edu

Treble Singers

Welcomes treble-voice singers of all genders and experience levels who love to sing. Performs a wide variety of music each semester, from spirituals and protest songs to art music and choral masterworks for high voices. Performs on and offi campus. Entrance is by a simple, friendly audition at the beginning of each semester.

Contact: Reuben Zellman, Director, reubenz@sfsu.edu

University Chorus

The largest perdormance ensemble at SF State, the University Chorus is an auditioned ensemble open to all. Audition sign up on bulletin board outside of room 146 in the Creative Arts building during the first week of classes. No preperation necessary for audition. You will be asked to sing vocal exercises and may be asked to sight-read a melody.

Contact: David Xiques, Director, dxiques@sfsu.edu

Velvet Revolution (VelRo)

Information: Stages grad/undergrad/open readings weekly.

Web: https://www.facebook.com/VelRoReadings/

Vocal Jazz

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff who sing. Opportunities to explore jazz music and perform with a group and as a soloist are highlighted. Students participate in active listening, analysis and group/individual rehearsal of assigned material. Special attention to historically significant jazz recordings, films, video documentaries may included.

Contact: Renee Lubin, Director, voicetec@sfsu.edu

Wind Ensemble

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff who play woodwind/brass, percussion or string bass. Large classical instrumental ensemble. Members demonstrate and outstanding level of musicianship and commitment.  Repertoire includes selections of standard repertoire, as well as new music and commissions. Students should prepare 5 minutes of music on their chosen instrument for audition.

Contact: Brad Hogarth, hogarth@sfsu.edu 

Web: https://www.facebook.com/SFSUWE

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