Alumni Enewsletter
September 2009

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Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center

Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center Grand Opening Celebration
What could be more appropriate during homecoming than the grand opening of the new campus home to more than 200,000 Aztec alumni?  In fact, “There’s No Place Like Home” is the theme for the October 17 grand opening celebration for the new Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.
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Finishing Touches

Alumni Center

New Alumni Center Prepped for October Grand Opening
With a grand opening scheduled in just one month, the pace of work is picking up along 55th Street.
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Last Chance for a Paver

Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center rotunda

Installation Begins Next Week
If you have considered sponsoring a paver in the rotunda of the new Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center but just haven’t made the call, now is the time. Installation begins September 14.
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Win a Bag of Aztec Schwag!

Aztec Schwag

Aztec for Life Monthly Prize Giveaway
It’s great to be an Aztec for life! By registering at, SDSU Alumni Association lifetime members are eligible to win a bag full of SDSU gear just in time for Aztec football.
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Aztec for Life Prize Winner Profile

Richard Alexander, '09

Richard Alexander ('09), San Diego, CA
It was a good summer for Richard Alexander (’09).  He graduated, got the job he wanted, then joined the SDSU Alumni Association as a lifetime member and within weeks became the most recent Aztec for Life Monthly Prize Giveaway winner.

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Duffles for Dollars

Duffles for Dollars

Lifetime Members Receive Great Gifts
Become an Aztec for Life and you’ll receive a great duffle bag containing a logo stadium blanket and t-shirt.  Why is now an important time to become a lifetime member of the SDSU Alumni Association?

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A Very Good School, A Very Good Time

Few Remain, but “Old Geezer” Alumni Still Swap Stories Monthly
When they were students at San Diego State, if you didn’t know someone’s name, at least you recognized the face.  But times have changed.
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More Than Mentoring

What Students and Alumni Gain Through Professional Internships
When Roberto Vargas (’03) and Adrian Concepcion (’03) set out to locate interns for their office, they turned to SDSU and soon made some discoveries about their students and themselves.
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Sharing Success

Rick Richards, '72

Alum Learmed “The Right Way to Run a Business” at San Diego State
Chances are, if you’ve been to many SDSU Alumni Association or Aztec sporting events where food is involved, you have literally tasted the success of Rick Richards (’72).
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Tailgate Time

Aztec Tailgate at UCLA

Rose Bowl Gathering Marks Season Kickoff
More than 400 SDSU alumni and friends attended the football season’s first tailgate party before the Aztecs’ game with UCLA September 5 at the Rose Bowl.   
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Starting a Tradition

New Students Receive Official Welcome Into Aztec Family
If nothing else, it was an impressive spectacle – thousands of SDSU students marching through the Hepner Hall archway in what is hoped will become an annual Aztec rite of passage.
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Back on Campus
Brian Sipe Talks About Creating Traditions, Coaching Aztec Quarterbacks, and Reconnecting with SDSU
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Chapter News

Social Work Survey

Social Work Alumni Chapter

Chapter Leaders Seek Alumni Input
If you’re a graduate of the SDSU School of Social Work, your alumni chapter is looking for your input.
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Directly Speaking

“Mr. San Diego” Also “Mr. SDSU”

Aztec alumnus Bob Payne has been named “Mr. San Diego” for 2009.  In his “Directly Speaking” blog, SDSU Alumni Association Executive Director Jim Herrick shares his thoughts on why Payne could also be considered “Mr. SDSU.”

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Upcoming Events

EMBA Alumni Golf Tournament

War Memorial Ceremony on Aztec Green
Golden Aztec Circle Luncheon
Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center Grand Opening
SDSU Homecoming

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Campus News

KPBS Receives $2.5 Million Gift
The funds will support the creation of a multimedia newsroom of the future.

SDSU Opens First Student Veterans Residence in the U.S.
The new Veterans House is a part of SDSU's Troops to College initiative.

Aztec Nights: A New SDSU Tradition
SDSU students break the world record in dodgeball as part of Aztec Nights.

Aztec Football Looks To Bounce Back In 2009 Home Opener Saturday
SDSU takes on Southern Utah for KBG SkyShow contest.

Join Aztec Basketball For The Girl Scouts Run/Walk For A New Day
Be part of SDSU's team at the annual event.

Aztecs Open 2009 Volleyball Home Season on Sunday vs. St. Mary's
SDSU to host alumni match, face Gaels this weekend.

SDSU Theatre Presents 'Dear Harvey'
The play is a collection of stories of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California.

Qualcomm Gives $450,000 to SDSU Science and Engineering Programs
The long-time supporter of SDSU, made the gift to support its science and engineering programs.

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