All in the family: Connecting with parents

"No matter how far away a parent may live from campus, we want them to feel a connection with SF State," says Doug Hupke (M.S., '92), Director of Alumni Relations, about the new Parents Program activities being developed by the University. "Parents are a part of the San Francisco State family, too."

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SF State provides parents and family members with a dedicated website, regular e-news and other ways to feel more informed about, and perhaps participate in, their students vibrant campus community. See the Parent & Family Program page for more information. Future plans call for an event on campus to acknowledge and celebrate parents.

The new program builds upon the remarkable success of the University's first-ever Welcome Days, an event in August the week before classes started that brought more than 5,000 students and parents to campus to learn more about the University community, campus life, and SF State's many resources.

Another initiative is the Parents Program Fund. A pilot telefund effort staffed by students was the single most successful annual giving program in 2007 and again in 2008, with nearly double the donation rate of the general alumni outreach effort. As government funds decrease, the University counts on private donations more than ever to maintain excellence, stabilize fees, and provide support for scholarships and scholarly innovation not provided by restrictive core budget appropriations.

To make a gift, please visit our donation page.

For more information about Parents Program plans or to subscribe to Alumni & Friends eNews, please contact Doug Hupke at