Feature Stories

We are CCSF Day ON! Repair. Rebuild. Restore.

Rudy Padillal, Business, Downtown Campus

The contingency plan is just one small part of the work required of the college to regain accreditation. The more important work is taking immediate and collective action to repair, rebuild and restore the college.

We are CCSF welcomes anyone and everyone who is ready to roll up his or her sleeves and do the hard work necessary for us to make the changes required so we can keep our school open. Our message is a positive that speaks to the meaningful work and dialogue needed amongst all stakeholders at the college comprised of Students, Classified, Faculty, and the Public at Large.

World Languages Day at CCSF

Carol Reitan, Foreign Language

Save the date! Thursday, November 14, 2013 is World Languages Day at CCSF.  Please join us to celebrate the diversity of languages spoken and taught here at CCSF!

From 12noon - 1 p.m. in the Smith Hall Cafeteria, your favorite Foreign Languages Department faculty will be distributing information about FL Dept courses. There will be a free raffle for prizes and live music by the 29th Street Swingtet (http://www.29thstswingtet.com).  Plus, the Culinary Dept will have prepared international dishes for purchase as part of the regular lunch service.

Please drop by, say hello, and enjoy the music. Bring your dancing shoes! We welcome all faculty, students, classified, and administrators. Have lunch in the cafeteria, listen to some great tunes, and celebrate languages at CCSF!

 We look forward to seeing you there.


Program Review Deadlines

Pamela Mery, Ed.D., Dean of Institutional Effectiveness

For those writing program reviews, remember that a draft is due to your immediate supervisor by November 4.  The final version is due by November 18.  Please use the time between November 4 and November 18 for discussion and dialogue within Schools and Divisions.  For more information see “Deadlines & Key Dates” on the program review website: www.ccsf.edu/program_review.

Some folks have asked about embedding Charts and Graphs.  This year’s form stated that embedded visuals would not be supported and that hyperlinks should be used instead.  We’d like to add a second option.  You *may* include tables and other graphics as appendices at the end of the Word document.  If you would like help inserting visuals or creating hyperlinks, please contact Judy Seto at jseto@ccsf.edu or call x5278.

Other questions?  Drop-in sessions are available on Mondays from 1-2 pm in Science Hall 37.  Email specific questions to research@ccsf.edu.


Drop for Non-Payment and Payment Plans Coming in Spring Semester


Now that you’ve had time to settle into the Fall semester, it’s time to talk about Spring 2014.
We want to bring your attention to a change regarding fees for the Spring semester. City College of San Francisco will be enforcing the procedure of dropping students for non-payment of fees. Enrollment fees and applicable nonresident tuition fees are due and payable at the time of registration. We will have a drop schedule available prior to registration to help students plan.
In order to help our students pay their fees, we will have a low cost payment plan available through Nelnet. Students will be able to participate in the payment plan so as not to be dropped from classes.
We are hoping that early notification will provide students the opportunity to plan for a smooth, successful Spring semester.

Real Estate Scholarships Available

Carol Jensen,
Director, California Community College Real Estate Education Center


For more information, contact, Carol Jensen at (415) 267-6550 or visit http://ccsf.edu/reec


“Heart of the City” Combined Charities Campaign

Evelyn Tavisora, Human Resources

The City and County of San Francisco’s “Heart of the City” Combined Charities Campaign will run through the month of October.  It provides a convenient opportunity for CCSF employees to learn about and support participating organizations.  All employees will be receiving information and pledge forms via interoffice mail. 

Donations to any IRS tax-exempt charity or federation of your choice can be made easily by check or payroll deduction.  For more information about the Combined Charities Campaign go to: www.sfgov.org/charity , or if you have any questions, you may call the City Campaign Hotline at (415) 925-2604.  For additional Pledge Forms, contact the Office of Professional Development at (415) 241-2319. 

In our combined efforts, we can take deliberate steps to ensure that those agencies and programs closest to our hearts survive so that people in need can benefit from them.  Your generosity is appreciated!

Spread the word

Pik Kwan Chan,  Culinary Arts


Classical Era Winds: From Europe to the Colonies,

featuring members of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Harry Bernstein, Music

This is an in-school presentation arranged with the cooperation of the internationally known period-instrument orchestra, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

This presentation will feature a wind ensemble including two clarinets, two horns,and bassoon, performing "Harmoniemusik"— secular music of the Classical period that won popularity first in Europe and later in colonial America. The audience will have the opportunity to learn how this type of music won favor internationally in a pre-electronic era.

Performers will share their personal histories and experiences learning to maintain and perform on historic wind instruments. They will encourage young musicians and scholars, and provide insight into what it’s like to make a living in the music business.

Both events are free

Message from the New Director of Public Information

Peter Anning

What an amazing place City College of San Francisco is! I have known a bit of your history and a few of your staff, so when I got word that the position of Director of Communications and Marketing had been approved, I knew this is where I wanted to be.


But who am I? I'm a native Californian who has been involved for more than 33 years with community colleges -- as a student, classified staff member, instructor and administrator. My last position was that of Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Graphic Design Services at Mission Community College in Santa Clara, California. Designing and implementing advertising campaigns, serving as the college's media representative, as a liaison with the community, as an event planner, and emergency communications coordinator were just some of the jobs I performed. I was also a leader in that college's rebranding efforts. My background seemed to be a good fit for City College's needs and I'm having a great time meeting people, learning how things work, and witnessing the great efforts and great willingness the faculty, staff and students have shown to try new things. I have received a lot of good ideas and suggestions for how to proceed over the next few days, weeks, and months, and I look forward to being part of the CCSF team!