There is always a good deal of excitement at or about San Francisco State University, and we certainly try to capture some of that energy in the pages of SF State Magazine. But even for us -- a University with legions of accomplished alumni and a prolific, innovative faculty tradition -- this particular issue is brimming with an unusual amount of world-class news.
You will read of three individuals bound for the Olympics -- two alumni and one faculty member; two alumni who recently joined the ranks of our Pulitzer-winners; student winners of national photography contests -- one at the professional level; of Oscar nominees, Sundance Festival winners, path-finding public servants, business leaders and more.
Along with the recent awards and honors accruing to members of the SF State community both on-campus and in the world at large are a good number of 'firsts.' Read how a generous donation will propel Jewish Studies to department status -- a first in the California State University system; how an alumna became the first woman commander of a U.S. commissioned naval vessel; of how one graduate has transformed ophthalmic research and care by creating the first seamless view of the human retina; of our first Guardian Scholar to graduate from SF State.
These achievements and accomplishments -- large and small -- weave together to describe SF State: a singular, distinctive urban university with a proud past, accomplished present, and exciting future.
Read more about that exciting future, and the facilities we hope to build and improve upon, in our cover story. The University's newly approved physical master plan provides the framework for the collaboration, knowledge-transfer, creativity and research that spark success for students, faculty and alumni.
Soon, SF State will have world-class buildings in keeping with the quality of education and research that takes place here. As you read, I believe you will share my excitement and pride.
Robert A. Corrigan