Alumni Enewsletter
April 2011

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A Gala to Say Goodbye

Susan and Dr. Stephen L. Weber

"Evening of Excellence" to Host 700
Setup is underway for the April 9 campus send-off for SDSU President Stephen L. Weber, who is retiring after 15 years of service to the university.
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"An Extraordinary Opportunity"

Dr. Stephen L. Weber

Retiring SDSU President Stephen L. Weber Reviews His Tenure 
President Weber remembers his first campus visit, reveals his worst moment on the job, and shares his greatest hopes and fears for SDSU after he leaves office in July.
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Aztecs Come Together for Basketball Celebration

Steve Fisher

Hundreds Gather for Campus Rally Celebrating Record-Setting Season
Hundreds of SDSU students, faculty, staff and fans gathered at the Free Speech Steps April 4 to cheer the Aztec men’s basketball team one final time and celebrate a record-setting season that included the program’s first NCAA Tournament win and Sweet 16 appearance. 
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A Long Time Coming

Sweet 16 Season Fosters Alumni Optimism
A 34-3 season with an appearance in the Sweet 16 is something Aztec men's basketball fans have never seen at SDSU before.  They appreciated the success and are now looking forward to more.
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One Hell of a Ride

Aztec Warrior

Aztec Warrior Reflects on His Transition from Mascot Role
After three years of rallying the Aztec faithful at sports venues in San Diego and across the country, Mike Lopez ('09) is turning over the role of Aztec Warrior to two current students.  He shares his thoughts from the moment he realized his final game as an Aztec inspiration was over.
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March into April

Sweet 16 Aztecs

Alumni Association Lifetime Membership
Our Membership Madness campaign broke all previous lifetime membership records!  So in honor of the Aztec men’s basketball team’s record-setting season and historic Sweet 16 run, the SDSU Alumni Association is extending its membership drive from March into April with exclusive limited edition basketball and t-shirt gifts! 
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March to 100

March to 100

Alumni Association Sets Lifetime Membership Record
Thanks to our new lifetime members, the SDSU Alumni Association's March to 100 membership campaign is a huge success!
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Give the Perfect Graduation Gift

Lifetime Membership With Cap, Gown, Medallion and Tassel
Wondering what to get your favorite Aztec for graduation?  How about the gift that will last a lifetime!
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Win a $200 Gas Card!

Gift Card

Aztec for Life Monthly Prize Giveaway
Gas prices are high, so fill up your tank courtesy of your SDSU Alumni Association!  Simply by registering at, SDSU Alumni Association lifetime members are eligible to win a $200 Exxon Mobil gas card.
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Aztec for Life Prize Winner Profile

Barbara Powels Bowen

Barbara Powels Bowen ('05), San Diego, CA
The latest Aztec for Life Prize Giveaway winner is a committed volunteer who serves as an alumni chapter president and a member of the SDSU Alumni Association's board of directors.
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April Fool's Contest Winner

April Fools

Jaime Vigorito ('00), Odenton, MD
No foolin'! Lifetime member Jaime Vigorito won $500 in cash and gifts just by registering on the SDSU Alumni Association website! 
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Student 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 Etiquette Dinner April 19.
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Spring Musical "Little Women" Set for April 29 - May 8


Little Women

SDSU Alumni Receive Ticket Discount
SDSU's School of Theatre, Television, and Film has announced its spring musical, "Little Women," will run for seven performances from April 29 - May 8 at the Don Powell Theatre.    
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Waiting for Superman?


Waiting for Superman

A Panel Discussion about Society and Education in the United States
SDSU alumni are invited to an April 21 forum on how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education interrelates with economics and social equality.
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Free Mother's Day Concert in Balboa Park

Spreckles 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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Aztec Caravan Hits The Road

Aztec Caravan

New Football Coach, A.D. To Meet Alumni
Next month, the 2011 Aztec Spring Caravan will visit four locations across Southern California.

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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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May Dates Added to Spring Semester 360 Tours


360 Tours

Sign Up Now - Alumni Association Lifetime Members Eligible
For a closer look at some of the university's most exciting programs, SDSU Alumni Association lifetime members are invited to take a 360 Tour of campus.  Two dates in May have been added with morning and afternoon schedules now available.
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Chapter News

Business Alumni Network

Business Alumni Network

Networking Mixer Set for April 27 
Join the Alumni Association’s Business Alumni Network (BAN) for a networking mixer set for April 27 at the popular Maria Maria in Hazard Center!
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Arts and Letters Alumni Chapter

Brian Loveman Ph.D.

April 25 Lecture and Reception
Enjoy the lecture, "No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy in Myth and Practice," by SDSU Political Science Professor Emeritus Brian Loveman, Ph.D., then meet the professor at a post-lecture reception.
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Upcoming Events

20/30s Alumni Night at Petco Park
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Student Alumni Etiquette Dinner
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Campus News

Steve Fisher Receives Highest Coaching Honor
In addition to the 2011 Naismith Award, Fisher also received the NABC National Coach of the Year and Adolph Rupp Cup awards.

Aztecs Finish 11th in Final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
San Diego State men's basketball finished the 2010-11 campaign ranked 11th in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top-25 Poll released on Tuesday.

New Admits Continue to Raise Bar
Academics and diversity remain at all-time highs for incoming SDSU freshmen.

Jazz Ensemble Plays with Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos
The concert takes place 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Smith Recital Hall.

Students Give Butts the Boot
Students will conduct a campus-wide cigarette butt cleanup on Saturday, April 9.

Commencement 2011
Get commencement information for graduates, parents, guests and faculty.

Professor Analyzes Radiation in San Diego
Murray Jennex spent 20 years in the commercial nuclear power industry.

Study: Laws Ineffective Against Teenage Indoor Tanning
The national study supports the need for a ban on teens' indoor tanning.

Graduate Programs Rank Among Best in Nation
More than a dozen programs are recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s "America’s Best Graduate Schools 2012."

Extended Studies Puts Unemployed Back to Work
A new certificate program experiences a 90 percent success rate for job placement.

Entrepreneurs, Assemble!
Current and past Aztecs gathered for the annual Entrepreneur Day event.

'Share Your Talent with the World'
The Peace Corps 50th anniversary celebration brought together students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members.

Aztec Center Project Goes Online
The latest updates on the new Aztec Center go online via Facebook, Twitter and a new blog.

A Global Language
SDSU's homecoming king is a champion and a role model for deaf students.

Students Build Awareness of Youth Violence
Students Against Youth Violence will host two events with the Tariq Khamisa Foundation.

Decades Ago at San Diego State
A look back at the student newspaper's gossip column in 1936.

Rose's Grand Slam Leads SDSU Past USD, 7-1
Junior Ashley Rose capped a seven-run third inning with a grand slam to lift the San Diego State softball team to a 7-1 victory over San Diego Sunday at USD Softball Complex.

SDSU Defeats No. 8 Arizona State and Fresno Pacific
The 11th-ranked San Diego State water polo team picked up a pair of wins on Saturday afternoon at the Aztec Aquaplex. 

Leonard Named State Farm Coaches' All-American
San Diego State sophomore Kawhi Leonard has been named a 2011 State Farm Coaches' Division I third-team All-American, as announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

With Low Acceptance Rates, SDSU Enters New Chapter
San Diego State is overhauling its reputation as a perpetual spring break school, a mere mainstay on the Playboy Magazine party radar and a basketball-crazed campus.

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