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All in the Aztec family


We consider ourselves one big family here on Montezuma Mesa but its pretty cool to have your real siblings around to share in the college experience.

Haiker Family Holiday Card

Haiker Family Holiday Card

All three Haiker siblings are Aztecs and mom Suzanne shared with me the photo for the family’s holiday greeting card this year-boasting their SDSU connection.

There’s Brendan (’12) a finance major; Jeanine (’10), who just completed her degree this month in interior design; and the youngest of the Haiker family, Michelle (’14), a freshman studying speech language and hearing sciences.

Of course, the Haikers are probably not the only Aztec siblings attending SDSU right now.  In fact, we’ve written a number of stories about Aztec families for 360 magazine.

At this time of year, we love to celebrate the family we are year round. So happy holidays from our Aztec family to yours- may the season bring you and your loved ones closer together – even if you already see each other every day on the way to class!

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orientation: your first run as an aztec


After one of the most competitive admission periods in San Diego State history, a new and diverse class of Aztecs is just a summer away from starting their first semester at SDSU. The first step in their new education starts at New Student Orientation.

New Student Orientation is the first event for new Aztecs. The day-long orientation blends technology with personal attention to provide students with one-on-one advising, chances to meet with faculty, and an information fair. While learning necessary skills such as WebPortal registration and class selection, students are exposed to a lot more than academic advising. Orientation days are scheduled by major so students also get to interact with faculty and staff within their discipline. This gives them a chance to connect with other new students who share similar interests. Many new students are already getting to know each other on an SDSU Class of 2014 Facebook group, coming together with a classic SDSU community spirit.

New friends, new organizations, and new opportunities pave the way for the most successful first years at State.  Orientation is a valuable opportunity to take initiative and get plugged in early to everything the campus and its culture has to offer. New connections made at orientation can last throughout your years at SDSU.

So new students, get excited for your first run as an Aztec! You’ll learn the ropes, meet new people, and make your transition to SDSU that much smoother. Register for orientation today and get talking on the Freshman and Transfer Orientation event pages on Facebook.

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new and improved catalog hits shelves


Catalog CoverThe new SDSU 2010-2011 catalog has just been released. It may not sound like the biggest news of the century, but this tool is possibly the most important part of planning student education at SDSU, and this year’s catalog was done a little differently.

New Design

The new catalog sports a fresh new design, complementing recent updates to other sites like the Prospective Student Web page and printed recruitment materials like ViewBooks and San Diego State posters. The new design was created with students in mind, pulling opinions from current students to create the most eye-catching material.

New Outlook

In creating this year’s catalog, SDSU also found out how much this reference is being used by students and staff. Feedback found that counselors and advisers utilize this tool on a more regular basis than the average student.

As of now, each new student receives a full copy of the SDSU catalog at New Student Orientation. But following SDSU’s other efforts to go green, the campus is considering an option to forgo passing out catalogs to every new student to avoid waste. The complete catalog is available online so printing books for every student is becoming unnecessary. This paperless access gives students and staff the flexibility to reference the catalog from anywhere and print only specific pages that are needed.

The 2010-2011 catalog is just one example of how SDSU embraces innovation and adaptation. The university is always looking for new ways to improve student education, protect the environment, and keep ahead of technology trends.

~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services

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honorary degree ceremony puts it all in perspective


Earlier this week, nearly 70 years after an executive order called for the unjust relocation of coastal Japanese Americans, San Diego State held the first Nisei Honorary Degree Ceremony to honor those students whose higher education was interrupted by Executive Order 9006.

Bob H. Suzuki, a formerly-interned Japanese American and President Emeritus of Cal Poly Pomona, offered a poem that put the entire event in perspective and made me realize why this ceremony doesn’t just impact Japanese Americans, citizens caught up in the war, or families of relocated students; it impacts all of us.

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the Catholics
and I did not speak out because I was not a Catholic.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

-Pastor Martin Niemöller, 1946

We still live in a world where discrimination rules certain groups and sitting back until we’re the victim is no way to make a change in the world. The degree ceremony represents a step forward to offer retribution to this group of students and honor their accomplishments. Projects such as this provide hope that a voice can be found for persecuted groups who deserve honor and respect for what they have gone through.

Although their time at SDSU was interrupted, a majority of the students persevered, earned their college degrees, and went on to create thriving businesses, raise healthy families, and pursue their dreams. Today students fall back on excuses – such as not being able to get classes, paying higher fees, and sitting in old facilities – that hinder our educational goals. But imagine the passion and drive it took these students to overcome such an undeserved obstacle and break through barriers to move on and not let anything stop them.

Congratulations Nisei Honorary Degree recipients! It’s a long time deserved.

~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services

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The Bridge Never Built…


The Bridge Never Built

billboard close-up

A lone figure stands on a precipice.  He overlooks a dangerous 100-foot deep chasm, unable to cross to the safe plateau on the other side.

The striking image will catch the eye of drivers and pedestrians alike who pass near the billboard on College Avenue just north of Montezuma Road.

The billboard image was installed this week as part of critical new campaign called Fuel Potential that aims to increase scholarships for SDSU students.

For bright, promising students, a college education is a bridge to a better life.  And once that bridge is crossed, they are closer to making their dreams come true.

Fuel Potential billboard

billboard street view

But the legacy of deep cuts to higher education comes at the cost of those dreams.  Many SDSU students, eager to embark on or continue their educational journey, have found that the promise of a college degree is no longer within their grasp.

Without the resources to attend San Diego State, their hopes for their future will never be realized.  Their creativity will remain unsparked, their ingenuity untapped and their talents wasted.

And we will all be the worse for it.

Our students need your support – now more than ever.

Find out more at sdsu.edu/fuelpotential.

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Being a Useful Nerd


Okay, I admit it — I’m a nerd. I like reading graphic novels and going to San Diego Comic-Con International.

Unfortunately, being a nerd doesn’t often come in handy. Until today, that is.

Yesterday, we did a quick interview with a history professor here on campus, John Putman, who teaches a course on Star Trek and American history. You may be asking yourself, “What does Star Trek have to do with American history of all things?” Well, Putman’s course examines how what was going on in the 1960s and 1970s was viewed through the prism of Star Trek. Check it out below:

Right now, we’re trying to use our multimedia to not only populate our own news websites, but also pitching it to local, regional and national media. Since I’m a nerd, I suggested we pitch it to The Hero Complex, a pop culture blog hosted by The Los Angeles Times. And you know what? It worked! (Kudos to my colleagues for making it happen!)

So, yes, being a nerd can be useful at times!

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