Letters to the Editor
Good to be a Gator
Bravo on another excellent issue of SFSU Magazine. I particularly enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at the production of "Assassins" ("Killer Performance," Spring/Summer 2004). I always knew the University's theatre arts department was a standout.
Recently, I was wearing my SFSU alumni sweatshirt when a woman ran up to me and proudly pointed out her own SFSU alumni sweatshirt. "Isn't that a great school?" she said. "I loved the time I spent there."
It certainly was wonderful to chat with an alumna who also thinks the world of SFSU.
Christina La Russa Holmes
One for the Books
A friend shared the latest issue of SFSU Magazine with me and I was fascinated with the article on the plans to remake the library into a state-of-the-art facility ("Extreme Makeover," Spring/Summer 2004). The book retrieval system with a robotic crane sounds like an amazing asset to students on the go.
Good to know that your university is focusing its attention on its library. I can't think of a more important place on a college campus!
Serving the City
Thanks for the article on the Urban Studies degree program for Delancey Street participants ("No Longer a Dream," Spring/Summer 2004). The program epitomizes what a university should be: not an ivory-tower enclave, separate from the city that surrounds it, but an integral part of its community and a learning resource for all of its citizens. I also like the fact that the teachers are practitioners, not just academics. Good things happen when an institution like SF State pairs its intellectual capital with the real-life experience of the community it serves.
Send us a letter, we'll send you a poster.
Artist Dale Perkins (B.A., '51; M.A., '53) has made a generous donation to help SFSU Magazine continue building a bridge to its readers near and far: 11" x 17" posters of his "City by the Bridge" watercolor painting, shown at left. Getting one is easy. Posters will be mailed to readers who send letters to the editor in response to this issue.
Perkins, a nationally acclaimed watercolor artist, has captured memorable scenes around the world but those closest to his heart show the beauty of his native San Francisco. His paintings can be viewed at: www.sanfranciscowatercolors.com
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