Alumni Enewsletter
May 2011

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Rock 'n' Roll Research

Jaime Lennox

Anthropologist Seeks Alumni Help with Book about Bands at SDSU
If you have a memory or a memento from a rock concert at San Diego State, Jaime Lennox wants to hear from you.  She's researching rock bands that performed on campus and needs to know about your experiences with everything from metal and punk to the softer stuff.
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Preserving SDSU's Rock 'n' Roll History


Professor Scrambles to Rescue Mural from Demolition 
Thirty-five years ago, a San Diego State instructor and his students painted a funky mural in an obscure hallway of Aztec Center.  Though unseen by a vast majority of students, faculty and staff, the work has been viewed through the years by many of the music industry's biggest stars.  With Aztec Center facing a wrecking ball at the end of this month, one professor has stepped in to rescue the mural from oblivion.
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Football Practice Field Work Begins

Practice Field Resurfacing

$2 Million Project Replaces Grass and Artificial Turf Surfaces
Work is now underway to replace and upgrade the football practice fields on the west end of campus.
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Directly Speaking

Jim Herrick

Choosing a President
In his blog, “Directly Speaking,” SDSU Alumni Association Executive Director, Jim Herrick, examines the process of selecting a new president for SDSU.
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Class of 2011 Sets Membership Record

Anton Mironov, Class of 2011

Graduating Students Become Aztecs for Life
Graduating students like Anton Mironov help set a record for lifetime membership in the SDSU Alumni Association.

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Commencement 2011

SDSU Commencement

President Weber to Preside Over Last Commencement
More than 10,000 graduates are expected to receive degrees this month in what will be Stephen L. Weber’s final commencement as president of SDSU.
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Give the Perfect Graduation Gift


SDSU Alumni Association Lifetime Membership
Wondering what to get your favorite Aztec for graduation?  How about the gift that will last a lifetime!
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Win a $100 Home Depot Gift Card!

Home Depot Gift Card

Aztec for Life Monthly Prize Giveaway
It's great to be an Aztec for life!  Simply by registering at, SDSU Alumni Association lifetime members are eligible to win a $100 Home Depot gift card.
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Aztec for Life Monthly Prize Winner Profile

Mike Kelsey

Michael Kelsey (’84, ’86), Poway, CA
When the latest Aztec for Life Prize Giveaway winner was a freshman heading off to San Diego State, his father offered up some advice that four years later turned out to be true.
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Student Alumni Etiquette Dinner

Student Alumni Etiquette Dinner

Alumni Needed As Dinner Participants
You can provide networking opportunities for current SDSU students while brushing up on your etiquette at the third annual Student Alumni Etiquette Dinner May 10.
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Music & Dance Balboa Park Concert

Spreckels Organ Pavillion

Aztec Concert Choir Featured
SDSU's School of Music and Dance along with the Kiwanis Club of San Diego invite all alumni and friends to celebrate Mother’s Day with beautiful music!  
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Career University 2011

Career University

Life After SDSU
Learn more about a free workshop series for Aztec alumni sponsored by SDSU Career Services! 
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Aztec Spring Caravan

AD Jim Sterk and Coach Rocky Long

New Football Coach, A.D. To Meet Alumni and Fans
Starting this month, the 2011 Aztec Spring Caravan visits four locations across Southern California.
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A Night with the Aztecs

A Night with the Aztecs

Fourth Annual Event Set for May 9
Make your plans now for an unforgettable evening no Aztecs fan will want to miss!
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2011 Aztec Invitational

Aztec Invitational

Annual Golf Tournament
Sign up today for the 2011 Aztec Invitational Golf Tournament to be held June 20 at the Bernardo Heights Country Club in Rancho Bernardo.

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Fall Football Road Trips

SDSU Football

Make Plans Now for Games at Army and Michigan
Aztec football hits the road this fall with travel packages planned for games at Army and Michigan.  Make your plans now!
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What's New With You?

360 Magazine

"Class Notes" Seeks News From Alumni
Have you achieved any personal or professional goals recently? Reached any milestones? Tell us about it and we'll publish your news in 360: The Magazine of San Diego State University. To be included in Class Notes for the next issue, send an email to

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Subscribe Now for Weekly Email
Now you can receive the latest news from SDSU by subscribing to the SDSUNewsCenter weekly email!

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Chapter News

Social Work Alumni Chapter

Dessert Reception

Annual Meeting/Dessert Reception May 13
Make plans now to attend a sweet evening of networking with alumni, colleagues and graduating social work students!
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African American Alumni Chapter

Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center

Entrepreneurship and Community Collaboration
Networking Mixer and Discussion
Learn more about entrepreneurship and community collaboration at a networking mixer and discussion set for Saturday, May 14, at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center!
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Greater Los Angeles Chapter

Karaoke Night

Social Karaoke Night
Join fellow Aztecs and friends in the greater Los Angeles area May 19 for food, beverages and a night of Karaoke fun!
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Sacramento Reception to Celebrate SDSU

AD Jim Sterk and Coach Rocky Long

Meet A.D. Jim Sterk and Aztecs Head Football Coach Rocky Long
Sacramento-area Aztec alumni, fans and friends are invited to meet SDSU’s athletics director and new head football coach at a May 24 reception celebrating SDSU.
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Upcoming Events

Student Alumni Etiquette Dinner
Aztec Spring Caravan - Mission Valley
Social Work Alumni Chapter Annual Meeting and Dessert Reception
African American Alumni Chapter
Networking Mixer and Discussion
Aztec Spring Caravan - Orange County
Greater Los Angeles Social Karaoke Night
Sacramento Reception to Celebrate SDSU

Aztec Spring Caravan - South Bay San Diego
Aztec Spring Caravan - North County San Diego

Campus News

Three Finalists Named for San Diego State Presidency
The candidates visit SDSU May 1-5.

New College of Business Administration Dean Announced
Michael Cunningham will take over as dean on June 20.

$5M Gift Renames Athletics Building
Long-time SDSU supporters Ron and Alexis Fowler challenged the university to do more.

Vets Center Named in Honor of Art and Joan Barron
The couple's $1 million donation will create an endowment to fund operations of the center in perpetuity.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center Celebrates 40 Years May 21
The facility will host an open house with free on-the-water activities, gourmet food trucks and a silent auction/raffle.

Chicana/o Archive Project Heads to Logan Heights
The award-winning Unidos Por La Causa will debut May 5.

Everyone's an Environmentalist
Keynote speakers Julia "Butterfly" Hill and Daryl Hannah discussed the importance of living a sustainable life.

Mary Eisenhower Visits SDSU
The president and CEO of People to People congratulated students on launching the first university chapter on the West Coast.

Students Win Top Honors in Real Estate Competition
SDSU competed with graduate real estate students from the University of San Diego.

Helping Disabled Job Seekers Find Work
Rehabilitation counselors assist disabled vets and others achieve economic independence as part of an SDSU program.

Goats for Kids
A fundraiser at SDSU aims to provide milk goats for a school in Tanzania.

New Aztec Center Construction
The new Aztec Center will be LEED Platinum, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest rating for green buildings.

Tennis Players Receive All-MWC Honors
Seven players from the men's and women's teams were honored prior to the conference tennis championships.

San Diego Chargers Draft Vincent Brown
San Diego State wide receiver Vincent Brown was selected in the third round of the National Football League Draft by the San Diego Chargers.

Arizona Cardinals Draft DeMarco Sampson
San Diego State wide receiver DeMarco Sampson was selected in the seventh round of the National Football League Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Aztec Women's Golf Starts NCAA Regional Play Thursday
The Aztecs, who are making back-to-back trips to the NCAA regionals for the first time in program history, are seeded No. 16 among the 24 teams headed to the west regional in Auburn, Wash., at the par-72, 6,266-yard Washington National Golf Course.

No. 7 Aztec Men's Golf Has MWC Title On Its Mind
Coming off an 18-day break, the San Diego State men's golf team seeks its first Mountain West Conference title starting Thursday at the par-71, 7,144-yard OMNI Tucson National Golf Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

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