The George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts
Areas of Impact
School of Cinema
Thanks to the Marcus gift, the School of Cinema is undergoing a profound transformation. Two new faculty chairs have been endowed — the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in African American Cinema and the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Social Justice Filmmaking. Major upgrades to the school’s theater, studios, facilities, digital and animation labs are underway, as well as generous investments in state-of-the-art equipment for cinema, audio and virtual reality production.
“If you give this amount of money to a school like ours that has shown that it’s resourceful and does a lot with little, you have really changed the playing-field for what our students can aspire to.”
— Britta Sjogren, Director, School of Cinema
Creative Writing Department
This fall, the Creative Writing Department will begin the search for faculty with the following specialties to fill the endowed chairs: one each in Poetry and Fiction/Creative non-fiction, with literary focus on the African Diaspora, Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern and/or Indigenous/ Native cultures. The department has also allocated its current-use funds for this year on supporting faculty summer scholarship and research costs, graduate student recruiting scholarships for the coming year, a playwriting workshop with a dramaturge brought in externally, and graduate student conference travel.
“We have amazing faculty who write and publish and put into the world works that are ambitious, strong, deep, astute, and which show social awareness.”
— Nona Caspers, Chair, Creative Writing Department
Student & Faculty Research
The 2019-20 student-faculty research grants, student research assistant grants, and undergraduate research curriculum development grants programs were launched in March 2019. After an extensive review process, the inaugural cohort of awardees was announced at the LCA Undergraduate Research Showcase in May 2019 (an event in its third year at which over 350 students presented their work). Both grant categories were oversubscribed and competitive, making the selection process rigorous and productive of a high level of quality.
“By supporting student and faculty scholarship, these funds make possible the fulfillment of the University’s mission of access and excellence to the highest degree.”
— Andrew Harris, dean, College of Liberal & Creative Arts
Stories from the College
Goldner taught at SF State for 52 years and helped create Cinema program.
They include Emmy-winning journalist from Vice News, activist who studies feminist art at U.S./Mexico border, a researcher of viewers’ obsessive relationships with TV personalities.
The award honors outstanding achievement in an inclusive, diverse literary community.
College of Liberal & Creative Arts undergraduate research fellowships launch this fall.
Former entertainment writer won SF State's Michael Rubin Book Award; debut full-length poetry collection coming this fall.
Josette Marsh and Kimberly Reyes are the latest in a long line of awardees from the University.