Dr. Elliot Hirshman, SDSU PRESIDENT Aug. 20, 2012
On behalf of the more than 310,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni of San Diego State University, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to a new academic year. This past year was an extraordinary one for our campus. Our graduation and retention rates are at all-time highs. We were recognized by the Department of Education as a Hispanic-serving institution, and we kicked off our first campus-wide fundraising campaign. There were many noteworthy “firsts.” Junior Shannon Clark received our first Udall scholarship. We were awarded our first Engineering Research Center grant from the National Science Foundation. And our researchers discovered new planetary systems, identified a protein that fights the flu and successfully engineered stem cells to repair damaged hearts. We came together as a community to host the Dalai Lama, to donate 55,000 pounds of food to San Diegans in need and to cheer our athletic teams to a bowl game and four conference championships. This small sample of our many, many accomplishments illustrates why we say “Leadership Starts Here” at San Diego State University. This year we are welcoming one of our highest-achieving and most diverse classes ever and are ready to build on our prior successes in education, research and community service. It has become commonplace to bemoan the state of our universities, our state and our nation. While our challenges – particularly those associated with California’s budget – are formidable, we must recognize the extraordinary resources on this campus. These resources are in the talents of our students, faculty and staff; the support of our alumni and community; and our traditions of leadership, service and achievement. With these resources and a spirit of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, we will overcome our current challenges and achieve even greater distinction. As we begin the new academic year, I want to thank all of our students, faculty and staff for everything you do for the university. SDSU’s achievements reflect the efforts of our entire community. I look forward to working with each and every one of you in the coming year.
Elliot Hirshman President
Rob O’Keefe, A.S. President August 20, 2012 Welcome back to San Diego State! It feels great to be an Aztec! It’s that time of year again, when freshmen are wearing lanyards, parking your car is like trying to hit a Stephen Strasburg fastball and book lines are...long...on another note, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you back to what promises to be another successful year! These next few weeks are going to be chock full of opportunities to get your feet wet and dive into campus life! I would like to give a few shout-outs, first one goes out to the football team. They’re bowl-game ready and I know they are going to do us proud this fall! Good luck against Washington, men! Also, a big shout out to Student Veterans! All of you continue to lead, serve and protect us! Thank you! Throughout the next few months, we, the students, will have the opportunity to engage and connect to SDSU and take advantage of the exciting initiatives that will be taking place. Now more than ever, we need to step up to the plate. We are the lifeblood of SDSU and we need to make sure everyone knows it! Let’s make a statement this fall with our Aztec’s Rock Hunger Food Drive. Last year we collected 55,000 pounds of food. This year, let’s go for 100,000 lbs. If we work together on this, we will establish ourselves as a force to be reckoned with. With that said, get involved on campus, join an organization, make connections with your SDSU peers, alumnus, and community members and make a difference. Our greatest asset here at SDSU is our people. Together we work hard and play hard. We innovate, connect and work together to make our campus community thrive and prosper. I look forward to working with you in the days to come! This fall let’s continue our winning ways, get it done in the classroom and have too much fun. Glad you’re all back and I wish you a most excellent semester! I’ll see you on campus! Go Aztecs!
Rob O’Keefe AS President
Volume 99, Issue 1